Proclamation 5865 -- National Historically Black Colleges Week, 1988
the President of the
Americans view with respect and rejoicing the progress and prospects of our more than 100 historically Black colleges and universities. In the past century and more, these institutions have enabled countless students, many of them disadvantaged, to discover and utilize their capabilities and to seize the world of opportunity afforded by higher education. We can be grateful for the alumni of these schools, for their historic contributions, for their continuing achievements, and for the distinction that is theirs in every field of endeavor across our country and around the globe.
can all be grateful, too, as this observance brings to mind a movement of
decisive national significance in which many students and graduates of
historically Black colleges and universities played a large role. The courage
and witness of thousands of students from these institutions were key components
of the civil rights movement. Their words and action sparked
Historically Black colleges and universities now benefit from the broad recognition they have earned and from closer ties with one another, with research centers, and with private enterprise. These institutions have built a base of scholarship and accomplishment that channels a wealth of talent and creativity into the service of the well-being of Black Americans and the strength of our entire Nation. On the foundation of emancipation in the aftermath of the Civil War, historically Black colleges have erected an impressive edifice of educational experience and excellence. Their legacy of learning and their sustained success will surely remain a tribute to their students, staffs, graduates, and friends and a blessing for every American in the years to come.
Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 290, has designated the week beginning
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-sixth day of
September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of
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Note: The proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on September 27.