RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Leaders of several historically black colleges and universities say the higher education institutions are facing continued challenges but still offer a unique opportunity for its students.
Virginia Union University President Claude Perkins was joined Friday in Richmond by the heads of Benedict College, Bowie State University, Tougaloo College, Shaw University and Johnson C. Smith University.
The presidents outlined the financial and enrollment challenges faced by the schools and highlighted ways they have worked together to face those challenges.
The presidents also underscored the importance of the schools to the black community and the need for continued support from governments and alumni.
The gathering was part of events marking Virginia Union's 150th anniversary. The school is one of more than 100 historically black colleges and universities in the U.S.