For Immediate Release
February 26, 2010
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National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL)
Gabrielle King
Press Secretary

(BPRW) NBCSL Supports President Barack Obama's Commitment to Increase Funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universities by $98 Million Per Year

(BLACK PR WIRE) (February 26, 2010) WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- State Representative Calvin Smyre (GA), President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), attended today’s ceremony in the East Room where President Barack Obama signed an executive order strengthening the White House initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.�

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators strongly supports President Barack Obama’s commitment to increase funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This executive order recognizes the historic role these institutions have played in education and affirms their continued importance in developing tomorrow’s leaders.�

Over 100 historically black higher education institutions stand to benefit from the funding increase. HBCUs have long played an important role in preparing young people to meet the challenges facing our communities. Over 20 percent of all African American college graduates are alumni of HBCUs. One-third of African American scientific doctoral degree holders are graduates of HBCUs. We must continue the focus on scientific, as well as other disciplines if the Nation is to remain competitive going forward.�

HBCUs provide a special service because they focus on teaching the value of community service and leadership skills. This type of well-rounded holistic education fosters the leaders and pioneers of tomorrow.�

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) is a membership association representing more than 600 African American state legislators hailing from 42 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. NBCSL members represent more than 50 million Americans of various racial backgrounds. NBCSL monitors federal and state activity and provides this information to its members through policy symposiums and conferences. Each year, NBCSL members pass policy resolutions that directly impact federal and state policy. The organization focuses on issues that directly impact US domestic policy and is committed to policies that positively affect all Americans.