I expressed my appreciation last year to Abel Pharmboy for posting a primer on the HBCUs of the United States. His observations and links were highly informative to me.
We are once again in a week of celebration of these institutions of higher education which have catered to African-American and other students who were either formally or informally alienated from the Historically Lily White Colleges and Universities.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim August 30 through September 5, 2009, as National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week. I call upon public officials, educators, and all the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that acknowledge the tremendous
contributions these institutions and their graduates have made to our country.
You might as well start your reading with Abel Pharmboy's post for this year. As Abel noted:
Here's a pretty impressive list of well-known HBCU graduates including this Chicago businesswoman, a graduate of Tennessee State University.