The PJ Tatler

Scott Begins Black History Month with Morehouse Address

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) will kick off Black History Month today by speaking at the alma mater of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Scott, one of two African-Americans serving in the Senate, was invited to speak at historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta.

His office said the senator will “discuss his path to the United States Senate, his Opportunity Agenda and answer questions from students on issues currently facing our country.”

The senator’s speech will be open to students of Morehouse, which is a men’s college, and Spelman College, a historically black women’s school. Students from coed historically black Clark Atlanta University will also be there.

Scott was invited to speak at Morehouse’s historic Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel by the Morehouse College Republicans.

Last year, Scott spoke at each of his home state’s eight historically black colleges and universities. He also spoke at Howard University in Washington.

He also hosted a Black History Month event at the Library of Congress with Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and former Sens. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.), Roland Burris (D-Ill.), and William “Mo” Cowan (D-Mass) for a discussion about Africa-Americans in the Senate moderated by Senate Chaplain Barry Black.

President Obama, who was a senator for three years before moving into the Oval Office, was invited but did not attend.

Last week, Scott was named chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development, which has jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Transit Administration.

“I truly believe housing is a key component of the American Dream, and I look forward to our work on the subcommittee helping low-income and disadvantaged communities achieve success,” Scott said.