After murmurings that President Obama isn’t doing enough for black people, and some high profile criticism from Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, it appears that the Obama administration is gearing up to add African Americans to its agenda.
President Obama is creating an African-American education office, designed to support the education of African-American students. The White House says that the new office will coordinate the efforts of communities and agencies to ensure that African American youth are prepared for high school, college, and eventually, a career.
The Associated Press reports that the goal of the office will be to create “a more effective continuum” of programs for African-American students.
Obama announced his education initiative Wednesday night in a speech to the National Urban League, as he worked to rally black voters for the 2012 election.
On Wednesday, President Obama said he is creating the office “so that every child has greater access to a complete and competitive education from the time they’re born all through the time they get a career.”
From his speech:
And that’s why we’re pushing all colleges and universities to cut their costs. Because we can’t keep asking taxpayers to subsidize skyrocketing tuition. A higher education in the 21st century cannot be a luxury. It is a vital necessity that every American should be able to afford. I want all these young people to be getting a higher education, and I don’t want them loaded up with tens of thousands of dollars of debt just to get an education. That’s how we make America great.
President Obama also used the speech to encourage American kids to work harder since they are no competing in a global economy.
Aides say President Obama’s executive order will be signed on Thursday.