On Feb. 26, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh President and CEO Esther Bush was honored in Washington, D.C., as part of the “White House Champions of Change: Achieving Educational Excellence for the Next Generation of African Americans” event. Bush is being recognized with nine other leaders for her devotion to helping further education among African-Americans.
“President Obama has made providing a complete and competitive education for all Americans—from cradle to career—a top priority,” said Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett in a press release. “That’s why, last summer, he signed an executive order to establish the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. This week, we look forward to welcoming Champions of Change who have been working to ensure that all African-American students receive an education that fully prepares them for high school graduation, college completion and productive careers.”
As a former high school teacher, college administrator and member of the State Board of Education, Bush has made education a top priority at the Urban League. The local Urban League’s education programs include its charter school and Black Male Leadership Development Institute.
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, the White House features a group of Americans—individuals, businesses and organizations—who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.
Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan also made an announcement about the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. This initiative, established in 2012, will work across Federal agencies and with partners and communities nationwide to produce a more effective continuum of education programs for African-American students. The initiative aims to ensure that all African-American students receive an education that fully prepares them for high school graduation, college completion, and productive careers.