JANUARY 20, 2010


Langston Receives HBCU Grant from HUD

Photo of LU President and staff receiving a HUD Grant.
Langston University received an $800,000 HBCU/HUD grant. Pictured are: Linda Tillman, Jerry Hyden, and LU President JoAnn Haysbert featured with SIFE students (Students In Free Enterprise). These students assist Tillman with various duties required through the HUD/HBCU grant.

Langston University, Oklahoma’s only historically black university, announced its receipt of an $800,000 HBCU/HUD grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“We are thrilled to receive this grant,” Linda Tillman, author and director for LU’s HUD/HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) grant, said. “It will allow us to continue making wonderful changes in our communities.”

Tillman will use the monies to fund the Community Partnership and Revitalization (CPR) Initiative. It will cover the construction of a regulation size softball field in the town of Langston; the expansion of the Business Resource and Incubator Center (BRIC) in the town of Langston; community revitalization in the Empowerment Zone of Oklahoma City; and home ownership and loss mitigation workshops in partnership with faith-based organizations in Langston and Oklahoma City.

The Empowerment Zone of Oklahoma City refers to the Northeast Quadrant of the city. Members of the community will receive job training and placement; assistance in organizing three neighborhood associations and aid with planting three community gardens.