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NEA applauds White House initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON - February 26, 2010 -

On Friday, Feb. 26, President Barack Obama announced the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HBCUs play a vital role in helping educate future generations. HBCUs help guarantee our country’s long-term success in our global society.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:
“Historically Black Colleges and Universities have stood as beacons of hope, inspiration and possibility for more than 140 years. Thousands have passed through their doors and gone on to make innumerable contributions to the development and advancement of our culture and society. We applaud the president and his administration for working to ensure that our country’s HBCUs are supported and protected.

“The National Education Association has a long standing track-record of working with HBCUs to help recruit more minorities into the profession of teaching.  We stand with the Obama administration in continuing to help our Historically Black Colleges and Universities with their vital work on behalf of the nation’s future teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers and elected leaders.”

To learn more about NEA’s work with HBCUs, please visit

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional organization, representing
3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Michelle Hudgins  (202) 822-7823,