WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush met anew with black leaders on Thursday, promising black farmers, business owners and college presidents that he will use his time in the White House to "speak for the values that unite our country."
Bush promoted his education reform package, budget proposal and tax cut plan before about 120 people in the White House's East Room. The president said Attorney General John Ashcroft is "following through" on his order to develop a plan to end racial profiling. He also noted that he wants to increase funds for historically black colleges by $1.4 billion over five years.
"Many of our finest citizens have been educated at those places of higher learning," Bush said. "I hope Congress doesn't blink. I hope they join us in this important mission."
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