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Fewer African American Students Graduate from College

financial stabilityPresident Obama delivered his commencement address to the Class of 2010 at Hampton University on May 9, 2010. This is the first predominately African-American school that President Obama has spoken at. More African-American students are attending college today than ever before. Today, 55 percent of African-American high school seniors go on to pursue a college education, up from only 45 percent in 1970.

Unfortunately, not even half of these students will graduate. Only 43 percent of these students will graduate within six years, which is 20 percent less than Caucasian students. Even more disturbing is that fact that only 36 percent African-American men who enter college will finish their degree.

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Obama Says Education Can Break Inequality Barriers

President Obama at Hampton University: Image Via AP/Steve Helber

President Obama at Hampton University: Image Via AP/Steve Helber

On Sunday May 9, President Obama addressed nearly 11,000 graduates at the Armstrong Stadium at the historically African-American Hampton University.

He recalled the university’s historical founding in September 1861 as an educational institute for slaves who had escaped nearby plantations in the Confederate south and sought asylum. Obama, the first African-American U.S. president, paralleled the founders beliefs with his own that education could break barriers of inequality.

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President Obama’s Commencement Speech Schedule for 2010

Image Via Zimbio.com

Image Via Zimbio.com

The school year is finally winding down. For many seniors, commencement is at the front of their minds (after finals and job hunting, of course). Usually, the most memorable thing about a commencement ceremony is the speaker. Last year, President Obama gave several commencement speeches on college campuses. At the University of Notre Dame, the president was greeted with outrage due to his pro-choice stance on abortion.

This year, President Obama plans to give commencement speeches at colleges across the country.

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Will.I.Am Introduces I Am Scholarship on Oprah

The first recipients of the I Am Scholarship. (via Oprah.com)

The first recipients of the I Am Scholarship. (via Oprah.com)

Oprah is constantly encouraging us all to simply do what we can to help one another. Read to a child, help a neighbor with a ride, or donate money to a worthwhile cause — it all goes a long way in helping each other and our communities. When Grammy winner and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am looked inside and asked what we could do, he decided to start a scholarship fund.

The I Am Scholarship was introduced on the May 5, 2009 episode of Oprah. He’d approached Oprah’s girlfriend Gayle King and let her know he wanted to send one kid to college, with some extra cash he’d made DJing. He wanted to help a student who had a similar background to him — growing up in the home of a single mom. Oprah’s team worked with Gayle to send him the names of four students who would meet and exceed his expectations. Read the rest of this entry »



Historically Black Colleges Feeling Economic Crunch

fisk universityThe pressures of the lagging economy can be felt by everyone, but it seems those at the Historically Black Colleges are really feeling the pinch. This group of colleges, created before 1964 to serve the higher learning needs of the black comunity, include instutitions such as Howard University in Washington, D.C., Spelman College in Atlanta and Hampton University in Virginia. Enrollment at these schools is down, as are endowments and fundraising. Most universities are feeling this, as a recent survey revealed endowments are down an average of three percent.

Students at the Historically Black Colleges, however, are typically more dependent upon the financial aid provided by these schools. Read the rest of this entry »





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