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Presidential debate slated for HBCU in the air

With Election Day 2024 getting closer and closer every day, the first historically black college or university (HBCU) selected to host a presidential debate is waiting to see if it will happen.

Virginia State University, an HBCU located just outside of Petersburg, VA, was previously selected to host a debate this fall. But that may now be in jeopardy.

VSU released the following statement via its official Twitter/X page on Wednesday: 

Virginia State University posted this release on Wednesday afternoon regarding the debate expected this October at the HBCU.

Virginia State University is disappointed to hear media reports suggesting that the U.S. presidential candidates may not participate in the scheduled October 1, 2024, debate at VSU.

A presidential debate at VSU is a huge win, not only for our students and campus community but for the greater community in general.

As the first historically black college or university (HBCU) ever selected to host a general election U.S. presidential debate, VSU recognizes the event’s significance and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the democratic process.

We will continue to work closely with the Commission on Presidential Debates and other stakeholders as we assess this situation. VSU will continue to provide updates and further details as they become available.

Presidential debate slated for HBCU in the air

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