On February 26, 2010 President Obama signed an executive order renewing the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
“HBCUs continue a proud tradition as vibrant centers of intellectual inquiry and engines of scientific discovery and innovation. New waves of students, faculty, and alumni are building on their rich legacies and helping America achieve our goal of once again leading the world in having the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.”  – President Obama, 2011
 President Obama signs executive order recognizing HBCUs
It is important that communities and alumni continue to support HBCUs through with time and active participation in school sponsored activities, fundraisers, donations, and other gifts. HBCUs are vital to our communities and continue to provide top-tier education for first generation college students, research opportunities for our communities, and change agents for our nation. HBCU alumni and graduates are proven leaders in the boardrooms, courtrooms, classrooms, Wall Street, military, laboratories, government chambers, arts, media, and entertainment. Let’s help continue the tradition of leadership and excellence by supporting HBCUs not only this week, but throughout the year.
To learn more about theWhite House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the 2020 goal, visit http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/whhbcu/.