HBCU Initiative Gets New Leaders
Toto, we’re not in 1863 anymore.
President Obama has formally announced the addition of two new leaders on the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The initiative targets Historically Black Colleges and Universities to strengthen the 100+ schools across the nation and regain the spirit in which the HBCUs were born in.
The primary point of the initiative is to keep the schools thriving in their rich historical and cultural traditions. When HBCUs were first opened, they sponsored theorists and philosophers such as Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois, and Martin Luther King Jr.
The leaders appointed by President Obama are Dr. George Cooper and Dr. Ivory Toldson who will presume as Executive Director and Deputy Director, respectively. Dr. Cooper and Dr. Toldson are expected to work as a team to lead the White House’s national effort to champion the rich traditions of the schools, strengthen them, and lift up their students.
The Initiative comes after the President’s lengthy plan to keep college affordable for all students.
What do you think of Obama’s new leaders for HBCUs?