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Dr. George Cooper devoted much of his career to the advancement of HBCUs along with serving on the faculties of a few institutions. The former president of South Carolina State University passed away last Sunday, and his loss was a blow to the Obama Administration, according to a statement from the President.

Cooper, a Tallahassee, Fla. native, went to Florida A&M University and Tuskegee University. Cooper earned his Ph. D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana. Most recently, Cooper worked as the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

In a statement, President Barack Obama expressed sorrow over Cooper’s loss and highlighted the work Cooper did in support of HBCUs and ensuring that the quality of education at those institutions were on par with larger, predominantly white colleges and universities. Obama said that Cooper’s passing was a “great loss” to his administration.

Cooper was a member of the faculties of Alabama A&M and Tuskegee, and worked for 17 years at the government level. For those years, Cooper worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and helped provide resources to HBCUs around the nation.

Cooper served as the 10th president of South Carolina State University between 2008 and 2012 until he stepped down citing family issues and a desire for more career opportunities.

Cooper was 68.

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2 thoughts on “Little Known Black History Fact: Dr. George Cooper

  1. chris on said:

    Here’s a little known Black history fact:
    Black lives matter? Apparently not in New York City.
    A “Pregnancy Outcomes” report from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals in 2013, more black babies were aborted than born in the city.
    Many lay the guilt at the feet of Planned Parenthood.
    “Planned Parenthood is an organization with racist roots in their founder Margaret Sanger,” Hawaii State Rep. Bob McDermott tells EAGnews. “They continue to target poor minorities – to wit, more black babies were aborted in New York City than born last year.
    “They claim to be providers of reproductive health care. I’m not sure how the little babies whose parts are being sold would feel about that statement,” he says, referring to the undercover videos that have been published.
    “To Planned Parenthood, this was a business decision. Instead of throwing the baby parts in the trash as normal, they chose to make a buck!
    “Planned Parenthood is simply an evil organization driven by greed, sex, and immorality. It is utterly without value. Nothing surprises me when it comes to an organization whose main purpose is killing the unborn.”

  2. Reblogged this on Majic 102.3 and commented:
    Deacon Cooper’s wake will be Sunday, July 26th from 5 pm – 7 -pm, funeral service Monday, July 27th at 11 am at:

    The Peoples Community Baptist Church

    31 Norwood Rd

    Silver Spring, MD 20905

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