A general election presidential debate is being hosted at an HBCU for the first time in history.
Last week, the Commission on Presidential Debates named Virginia State University in Petersburg as one of the universities that will host a presidential debate during the 2024 general election cycle, per NBC News.
“We are honored and grateful to have been chosen as a host for a 2024 Presidential Debate,” VSU President Makola M. Abdullah said in a statement. “This is a historic moment for our university and for HBCUs nationwide.”
The HBCU is set to host the second presidential debate on October 1. Other universities hosting debates include Texas State University on September 16 and the University of Utah on October 9. Pennslyvania's Lafayette College will host a vice presidential debate on September 25.
“In 2024, students at our four debate sites will help bring another set of historic conversations to audiences here and abroad. And their campuses will anchor four unique chances to listen and learn,” the Commission on Presidential Debates said in a statement.