Sen. (D-N.J.) announced a dramatic $100 billion plan to support historically black colleges and universities on Tuesday should he be elected president, a proposal his campaign called a historic effort to support communities of color.

Booker, who is running to unseat President in 2020, unveiled a slew of proposals to support HBCUs and minority-serving institutions that focus on both immediate protections and long-term strategies to help them weather rough economic times. The efforts include grant programs to bolster STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs, legislation that would make some institutions more affordable for low-income students and an initiative to make historically black institutions bastions of climate-focused research. 

“HBCUs make our country stronger and more reflective of the diversity that

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