Black Leaders Praise Trump Education Pick Betsy DeVos

Two black leaders recently praised President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, as a champion for education — regardless of race and regardless of class.

"She's not African American, but she's concerned about our children," Dr. Dwight Montgomery, president of the Memphis Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and pastor of Annesdale Cherokee MBC, declared in December. "I am so glad that the president-elect has nominated her to be the Secretary of Education. That direction is superb."

Montgomery argued that DeVos will "have a commitment to education, not just public education." She will be committed "to make sure that every child is in an environment to receive the education that is in the best interest of the child."

While the pastor insisted that he has always supported public education, he tries to represent the children and the parents, rather than the teachers, since they have a teachers' association. "Educational choice is needed, it is important," Montgomery declared. "Thank God that He has opened the door [for] ... a Secretary of Education who has integrity and a commitment to make sure that our children are educated."