HBCU Leaders Seek Inclusion in White House Plans for Needy, Minority Students

President Obama last week announced a new initiative to help black boys and young men overcome obstacles to success in school and life. He spoke from a White House dais lined with foundation and corporate leaders.

Leaders of some historically black colleges who are deeply engaged in the issue now wonder how much they will be included in that effort.

"I feel like we're underrated, and our contributions should be more prominent in the conversation," said Ronald F. Mason Jr.,