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Learning to Lead: Obama Says HBCU’s Still Play Vital Role in Society

During a recent White House event featuring several representatives from HBCU’s and top small business experts, President Obama extolled the importance of historically black colleges and universities to American society.

“People who say they’ve fulfilled their purpose, that after all the progress we’ve made, their reasons for being are obsolete,” he said, “it’s because of these schools that the black middle class is filled with black doctors, lawyers and engineers. It’s because of these schools that one of every two wide-eyed freshman is the first in his or her family to go to college.”

According to, The White House meeting included panel presentations from Obama administration officials as well as leaders from the African-American and Hispanic communities.

“We want to help institutions ensure they have the infrastructure to get more young people to think about entrepreneurship as legitimate and important career choice as any of the more traditional careers,” said U.S. Small Business Administration deputy administrator Marie Johns.


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