September 13th, 2010
11:32 AM ET

Obama marks week celebrating black colleges

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."

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  1. Adam

    Its a shame that people have to be irreversibly contaminated to discover that where born with all the skills they need to be happy healthy human beings.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TB73

    This is an excellent accomplishment... Now, let's hear it for the white colleges..... oh wait, that would be racist.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Exactly! How about white aol. It's clear the racism pendulum has swung the other direction. Maybe some white discrimination lawsuits to bring it back to the center.

      September 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bertina

      Um no, only you and the prior replyer are the racists.

      September 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • MJK

      Wow, you all sound smart. How quickly we forget that African Americans were DENIED admission to almost every single university and college. THAT was the reason for the founding of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Perhaps if white persons (of the past, trust, only of the past) were not threatened by persons who didn't look like them, we wouldn't be celebrating HBCUs. But since that is only a fantasy, I will rest my case.

      September 13, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Triton

      MJK- you bring up a valid point, but the frustration does not lie in the past or in ignorance. The frustration lies in the continual divide and segregation. Yes, blacks were historically denied acceptance and resources to quality education. But most people today (at least those that I associate with or work with and of my generation) have integrated much of our beliefs and culture. I am not ignorant of the past, I have just grown and evolved from up. But many of black friends even agree that the strain is amplified by their own peers continually placing an emphasis on separation. Not whites.

      September 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. villa

    Whites always want have the attion Obama is the first black president an they already want him to fix americas problems,lets hear it for all the supress minorities sorry four miss speled i went to a minority scol.lol

    September 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Texan

    oslama is a racist. Why isn't doesn't he celebrate white schools.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bertina

      you are the reason-go and get an education and then he might celebrate.

      September 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. villa

    I cant i dont want to take ur jobs, n white school dont need anymore help try helping all the sleve communities live in my brown body for a week an see wat i see texan b brenda.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. I know yor reading this

    The true enemy of freedom is corporate greed. Corporations (money) control the world. The U.S. is the current "home base" and enforcer for so called "freedom" but the tentacles of the wealthy elite go much deeper. Remember, we live in a "global" world. We provide arms deals to our satellite colonies so that they can help to enforce our ultimate goal- a world of ignorant but "educated" worker drones who buy, buy, buy. The fight against terrorism is simply a fight against people that don't fit into our consumerist society. Work and buy or die. Most of the world has been exploited by our western greed. If you are interested in seeing the true face of America throughout the world just read about the Banana Republics. Countless people in South America and much of Asia were virtually enslaved simply to grow one product, bananas. In addition, the environment in these areas was decimated beyond belief. All for bananas. What about the thousands of other products we consume, which people did we enslave and what land did we destroy to get them? Try not to think about this the next time you are in the supermarket, you just might see the faces of the people you are eating. I do and its horrific.

    September 13, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. villa

    Exactly wer all economic slaves meaning we have to feed our selfs shelter our selfs n health care our selfs, so lets celebrate for Africans Americans they made it with out much help only oppression by whites let them enjoy greedy people.Latino

    September 14, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      Made it without much help?????? Who in the US is the biggest drain on the entire welfare system and has been for decades!

      September 14, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Preppy white guy

    I sure hope he does the same for our white colleges.

    September 15, 2010 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. Khalid

    I am Saudis, hope Congress ignore this deal, We need this money to develop our country, I dont know why our government spend a lot of money on weapons???? We are not going to participate in a war, If Saudi Government thinks Iranian will attack us, that is wrong because Iran will attack Israel. Also we have just received weapons from Europe by 20 billion dollar....anyway, people who say we are enemy and we are against USA, that is totally wrong, our government is allied with USA for so long time.... OK there are terrorists from my country but they attacked us as well as they did in 11/9...However Don't confuse ordinary people with terrorists with the government..thank you

    September 15, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Triton

    This is not about ignorance of the past, etc. We have many other minorities in this great nation that endured awful hardship and suffering. We have a violent past; we still have racisim. For the most part, the majority of the country (not by race) are integrating and changing to a much more acceptable and open view. But continually, African American's are needing coddling and rewards for everything. Many of my black friends agree that racism is generally fueled by their own peers and the desire to remain separated, etc. Asians were denied acceptance, endured much hatred, etc. No other minority stands on a soapbox day in and day out.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |