A strong Louisville must include a strong HBCU: Opinion

On the first day of Black History Month earlier this year, when America awoke to the news of bomb threats made against historically Black colleges, JP Morgan Chase announced a half-million-dollar grant to Louisville’s HBCU, Simmons College of Kentucky. JPMC is funding Simmons and our partner, Louisville Future of Work, to build data science into our curriculum for two reasons: First, because of national research by the Brookings Institution, which also looked specifically at Louisville, JPMC knows Louisville is right at the top of the list of cities unprepared for an economy where workers must know how to manipulate data. Second, they know that Louisville, with a large percentage of Black residents, has an untapped pool of talent in data-related fields where Blacks are woefully underrepresented.

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