Executive Order on White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Black Americans

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Policy.  Educational opportunity is a fundamental element of the American promise.  The United States Supreme Court recognized in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education that education…

Fact Sheet: The Biden-Harris Administration’s Historic Investments and Support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have a proud history and legacy of achievement. In the face of discrimination against Black Americans by many institutions of higher education, HBCUs fostered academic excellence and created pathways to opportunity for Black students throughout our Nation. HBCUs vary in size and academic focus and serve a range of…

A Proclamation on National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, 2021

Since 1837, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have educated and prepared millions of people to lift up our Nation and make their impact on the world.  These essential institutions have been critical engines of opportunity for generations of American families — they are incubators of excellence, helping to shape the story of our Nation and deliver…

Executive Order on White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to advance equity in economic and educational opportunities for all Americans, including Black Americans, strengthen the capacity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to provide the highest-quality education, increase opportunities for these…

A Proclamation on Black Music Appreciation Month, 2021

Throughout our history, there has been no richer influence on the American songbook than Black music and culture.  From early spirituals born out of the unconscionable hardships of slavery; to the creation of folk and gospel; to the evolution of rhythm and blues and jazz; to the ascendance of rock and roll, rap, and hip-hop —…

FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Build Black Wealth and Narrow the Racial Wealth Gap

One hundred years ago, the thriving Black community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, known as “Black Wall Street,” was ruthlessly attacked by a violent white supremacist mob. An estimated 300 Black Americans were killed and another 10,000 were left destitute and homeless. The destruction wrought on the Greenwood neighborhood and its families was followed by…

FACT SHEET: 100 Days In, Biden-Harris Administration Makes History with Presidential Appointees

Today, the White House Office of Presidential Personnel is releasing new data about the historic number and diversity of presidential appointees hired by Day 100 of the Biden-Harris Administration. The Biden-Harris Administration put in place its Statutory Cabinet faster than any other Administration since President Reagan. President Biden has also announced his intent to nominate…

A Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2021

Each year, Women’s History Month offers an important opportunity for us to shine a light on the extraordinary legacy of trailblazing American women and girls who have built, shaped, and improved upon our Nation.  Throughout American history, women and girls have made vital contributions, often in the face of discrimination and undue hardship.  Courageous women…

Remarks by President Biden in Roundtable with Black Essential Workers Moderated by Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice

South Court AuditoriumEisenhower Executive Office Building 1:33 P.M. EST AMBASSADOR RICE:  Good afternoon, and welcome.  I’m Susan Rice, President Biden’s Domestic Policy Advisor.  It’s great to be with you all and with President Biden.  I help President Biden formulate and implement his domestic policy, and there’s no greater priority than tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and…

Memorandum on Redressing Our Nation’s and the Federal Government’s History of Discriminatory Housing Practices and Policies

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Background and Policy.  Diverse and inclusive communities strengthen our democracy.  But our Nation’s history has been one of…

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