Articles and Speeches
Secretary Richard W. Riley and Four Others
to Receive 2014 NAACP Presidential Citation
June 12, 2014
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COLUMBIA, SC (June 12, 2014) – The South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP will present former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley with its coveted Presidential Citation at the annual Freedom Fund Celebration on Friday, June 13 in Columbia, SC.
Secretary Riley is being honored for his education advocacy. Riley won national recognition for his successful education improvements in South Carolina during the 1980s. In 1992, he was chosen by President Clinton to serve in his Cabinet as the nation’s chief education officer. During the President’s first term, Secretary Riley helped launch historic initiatives to raise academic standards; improve instruction for the poor and disadvantaged; expand grant and loan programs to help more Americans go to college; prepare young people for the world of work; and improve teaching. He also created the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education, which included more than 8,000 groups.
After the 1996 election, Secretary Riley continued to lead President Clinton’s national crusade for excellence in education, where he made great strides and historic contributions to education.
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