President Barack Obama celebrated the accomplishments of America's historically black colleges and universities on Monday, telling a group of leading African-American educators that while major
progress has been made in expanding access to higher education, it's time to "take stock of the work we have left to do."
The president's remarks helped kick off National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week.
You have "waged war against illiteracy and ignorance and won," Obama said at the White House. Historically black institutions of higher education have "made it possible for millions of people to achieve their dreams."