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Investing in excellence, equity, and energy for Wilmington students
01.29.16
Seven decades ago we fought to tear down the barriers that stood between young African Americans and a public school education. We won that fight—including a historic Delaware case, Gebhart v. Belton, decided by the Supreme Court with Brown v. Board of...

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Miles College Strategically Strengthens Its Ties to Birmingham
01.22.16
In a climate in which historically Black colleges and universities are continually having to defend their relevance and viability, Miles College is positioning itself as not only a critical cornerstone of Birmingham, Alabama's past, but also a key partner in its...

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UNCF president backs Markell on testing
01.14.16
An address on the issue of racial equity in education on Thursday night turned into a forum on one of Delaware's most hotly contested issues in...

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HBCU Digest: UNCF CEO discusses Tennessee State University Commencement
12.14.15
UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax joined Tennessee State University President, Dr. Glenda B. Glover, for an interview with HBCU Digest on TSU's Fall 2015 commencement, social justice issues, and response to Justice Scalia's comments on diversity in education.

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UNCF CEO Dr. Lomax addresses 500 Graduates at Tennessee State University Commencement
11.28.15
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) - College graduates are expected to be leaders with capabilities that impact society beyond their families and personal careers, the keynote at Tennessee State University's fall commencement told more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students who received...

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Sheryl Lee Ralph brings her positive message for UNCF 'Masked Ball'
11.28.15
Sheryl Lee Ralph, an original "Dreamgirls" actress, as well as a singer and author, will be the special guest for the 23rd annual "Mayor's Masked Ball" (formerly "A Mind Is ... Gala"), a benefit for the Florence/Pee Dee Area United Negro College Foundation, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Florence...

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Allen University Hosts Nationally-Televised Presidential Justice Forum on November 21
11.21.15
WASHINGTON, DC- The 20/20 Leaders of America (20/20 Club) will partner with BET Networks on the 2015 Presidential Justice Forum on November 21, 2015 at Allen University in Columbia, SC. BET News correspondent Jeff Johnson will host the forum at which top 2016 presidential hopefuls will articulate their plans and...

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Shaw University Hits One Million Dollar Mark in Second Quarter
11.17.15
RALEIGH, NC (November 17, 2015) – Shaw University has more than tripled its fundraising amount from the previous year, University officials announced today. To date, the University has raised more than $1,020,000 in private support donations. This compares to just over $300,000 raised during the same time last year. In the last two months, the University has raised more than $770,000 and...

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Historically Black Colleges Offer Rewards for Those Who Finish, Study Finds
10.27.15
About two-thirds of the African-American students who enter a historically black college or university fail to finish in six years, but for those who graduate, such schools do a better job preparing them for life after college than other schools do for their...

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Dillard Alumnus Donates $1 Million for Endowed Scholarship
10.24.15
Jimmie Edwards, a 1970 graduate of Dillard University recently donated $1 million to his alma mater to establish an endowed scholarship for deserving students. This is one of the largest single contributions ever given by an alumnus and it establishes the largest endowed scholarship in Dillard’s...

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A Millennial President Brings a New Vision to Shaw University
10.13.15
RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent study, Millennials are destined to make up an estimated fifty percent of the U.S. workforce by 2020. Women, in particular, in this demographic are ushering in a...

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Foundation gives $50 million for career development at black colleges
10.05.15
An Indiana foundation has pledged a $50 million gift to the United Negro College Fund to strengthen career pathways for students at historically black colleges and universities and others with...

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How do we balance the STEM equation?
9.11.15
Washington Post Live hosted a panel featuring D.C. public Schools chancellor Kaya Henderson, Education Deputy Secretary John King, UNCF president Michael Lomax and Washington Post high education writer Nick Anderson to discuss the challenges in Washington and across the country of funding public schools and training teachers in the STEM subjects...

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What Grade Should U.S. K-12 Schools Get for STEM Education?
9.11.15
STEM education events have an interesting way of bringing together people from multiple sectors—policymakers, business professionals, scientists, engineers, professors, federal and state officials, district administrators, K-12 ...

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Hank and Billye Aaron give $3 million to Morehouse medical school
9.11.15
Baseball legend Hank Aaron and his wife Billye Suber Aaron are donating $3 million to Morehouse School of Medicine as part of an expansion of academic facilities at the Atlanta...

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Kresge Foundation Awards UNCF $1.1 Million to Strengthen HBCUs
9.10.15
The United Negro College Fund has announced a three-year, $1.12 million grant from the Kresge Foundation in support of historically black colleges and...

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A Prescription for More Black Doctors
9.09.15
Norman Francis was just a few years into his tenure as president of Xavier University of Louisiana, a small Catholic institution in New Orleans, when a report that came across his desk alarmed...

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Lomax Continues to Focus on Lifelong Mission
9.08.15
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Growing up in the burgeoning metropolis of Los Angeles in the 1960s, there was little doubt that Dr. Michael Lucius Lomax would go on to...

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Silicon Valley, Seeking Diversity, Focuses on Blacks
9.03.15
OAKLAND, Calif. — More than a decade before diversity became a hot issue in Silicon Valley, Jason Young came home on winter break from Harvard to discover that his family was being...

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Philander Smith Celebrates 14th President
8.30.15
ATLANTA — For the previous 364 days, the carved wooden chest rested unobtrusively atop a bookshelf in a dean's office here at Morehouse College. Then, on a recent...

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Parents' Ceremony Serves Up Elements of 'Morehouse Gospel'
8.21.15
ATLANTA — For the previous 364 days, the carved wooden chest rested unobtrusively atop a bookshelf in a dean's office here at Morehouse College. Then, on a recent...

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Bethune-Cookman University Featured on CNN: Baltimore Scholars
8.21.15
Take a look at one of the latest great things happening at B-CU. President Jackson is dedicated to providing opportunities for success for these and other young men. Dr. Jackson saw an April interview on CNN featuring...

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Claflin University Inducts One of Its Largest Freshman Classes in History
8.18.15
The Claflin University Freshman College inducted the Class of 2019 – one of the largest in University history – during the 2015 Confirmation Ceremony Sunday afternoon. The ceremony culminates a week-long orientation for new...

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Bethune-Cookman University is First College in Florida to Receive Distance Learning Certification
8.18.15
Daytona Beach, FL- Bethune-Cookman University's Online College was recently certified as a United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) program. The B-CU Online College is the first program in the State of Florida and...

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Dr. Michael Lomax on America's College Promise and Pathways For Student Success
8.10.15
Comcast Newsmaker's Robert Traynham interviews UNCF CEO Dr. Michael Lomax, discussing the America's College Promise Act and the Pathways for Student Success initiative, that will make college more accessible and affordable for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs).

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New Checklist Aims to Help Parents Engage With Schools
7.17.15
Seeking to engage parents more in their children's education, the Obama administration on Friday released a checklist of questions they should be asking...

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities | the Pros and Cons with Two Leading Authorities on HBCUs
7.15.15
Even as the nation's partisan divide has grown ever sharper, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) have always enjoyed strong support from both Republicans and Democrats. That history only adds...

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Casting a Wider Net
7.13.15
When President Obama rolled out his free community college proposal earlier this year, the leaders of some historically black colleges weren't happy about...

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Claflin Named HBCU of the Year
7.12.15
Claflin bested Florida A&M University, North Carolina Central University, Edward Waters College, Paul Quinn College, Prairie View A&M University and Hampton University for achievement in institutional development and media coverage reflecting those...

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Gemma Beckley Becomes 1st Fulbright Scholar in Rust College History
7.09.15
Dr. Gemma Beckley, chair and professor of social work at Rust College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research in India during the 2015-2016 academic year, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced...

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Will President Obama's college rating system hurt historically black schools?
5.06.15
President Obama has proposed a new federal system of rating colleges and universities in America that could provide prospective students with a key tool to measure the caliber of their degree. However, the rating system has been called into question by groups around the ...

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Commentary: The problem with President Obama’s college ratings
4.21.15
We are the presidents of four Texas historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs): Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Wiley College in Marshall, Texas College in Tyler and Jarvis Christian College in...

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Michael Lomax: Opting your kid out risks her future
4.12.15
During my seven years as president of Dillard University, a historically black liberal arts institution in New Orleans, I welcomed seven classes of freshmen. These students had done everything right to get into Dillard. They had graduated from high school with honors, participated in extracurricular activities and had stellar...

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UNCF Seeks New Generation of Donors
4.11.15
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Lomax, head of the United Negro College Fund, isn’t shy about ruffling feathers for his...

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UNCF CEO: Obama's Community College Plan A 'Blunt Instrument'
2.09.15
Robert Siegel speaks with UNCF (formerly the United Negro College Fund) CEO Dr. Michael Lomax about President Obama's recent announcement to make community college free for all Americans...

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Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum Talks 'Privilege' In Higher Education
7.28.14
Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum recently announced she would be stepping down from her position after more than 12 years of leading the historically black, all-female college. But before she passes on the torch, she stopped by HuffPost Live to discuss her legacy with the institution. Tatum weighed in on how "privilege" affects higher education and recalled a particular conversation with a professor who lamented that white students "lost out on the opportunity" to go to school alongside bright, young black students...

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Staley named to 2015 ‘Who’s Who in America’
7.23.14
Orangeburg artist and art educator Alvin Staley will be included in the upcoming "Who's Who in America 2015," according to Marquis Who's Who. Staley earned his bachelor's degree in art education from Claflin University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1976. He is listed in several editions of "Who's Who In America" and "Who's Who Among America's Teachers."...

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One Thousand HBCU Students to be Awarded Scholarships to Study in China
7.17.14
Over the next few years, 1,000 scholarships will be available to students enrolled at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to study at Chinese universities. The new scholarship program is the centerpiece of a wide-ranging agreement between the Chinese government and the historically Black colleges and universities pilot network leadership group...

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When a $25M Gift Can Be Controversial
6.21.14
Walter Kimborough, President of Dillard University, joins MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about the controversy sparked by the $25M Koch Brothers donation to UNCF....

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Straight Up Conversation: UNCF CEO Michael Lomax on $25m Koch Gift
6.16.14
Earlier this month, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) announced a $25 million donation from businessmen and philanthropists Charles and David Koch. The gift drew a lot of...

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Rep. Charles Rangel joined Roland Martin to discuss...his views on The Koch Brothers
6.10.14
Rep. Charles Rangel joined Roland Martin on "NewsOne Now" to discuss President Barack Obama's executive order to help millions of Americans lower their student loan payments and the SBA announcing plans to help more minorities borrow funds to expand their business ventures. Plus, Rep. Rangel shared his views on the Koch Brothers' $25 million donation to the United Negro College Fund....

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UNCF President Dr. Michael Lomax discusses the Koch Brothers' $25M Donation
6.09.14
UNCF President Dr. Michael Lomax discusses the Koch brothers donating $25 million to the United Negro College Fund with Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Cleo Manago and Roland Martin, host of "NewsOne Now."...

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United Negro College Fund Receives $25M Grant from The Koch Brothers
6.06.14
WASHINGTON (Associated Press) - The United Negro College Fund announced a $25 million grant Friday from Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation - a large donation from the conservative powerhouse Koch name that Democrats have sought to vilify heading into the 2014 midterm elections...

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Chronicle of Higher Education
Panel Nears Agreement on New Standards for PLUS Loans, 5.20.14
The latest round of the U.S. Education Department’s negotiated rule-making process for consumer-protection issues began...

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Chicago Defender
UNCF President Tackles Student Loan Debt Crisis, 5.9.14
Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, stopped by “NewsOne Now” Friday...

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Chronicle of Higher Education
Historically Black Colleges Feel the Effects of the Recession, 4.23.14
Public, historically black colleges in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina have seen at least a doubling in Hispanic enrollments since 2008, while enrollment of white students generally has declined at those institutions...

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US News & World Report
10 Historically Black Colleges Where Freshmen Return, 4.15.14
The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points...

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Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Despite Changes over Years, HBCU Advocacy Remains the Priority, 4.3.14
Public funding is the life blood of higher education, specifically from financial aid, grants and contracts ...

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Diverse Issues in Higher Education
HBCUs Gather in Silicon Valley for Innovation, Entrepreneurship Symposium; 3.20.14
Nearly 100 HBCU stakeholders are meeting at a symposium here this week seeking to leverage the intellectual capital and top-tier research activity at HBCUs into dollars...

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The Washington Post
HBCUs seek Obama’s help on parent loans, 8.17.13
The leaders of Morgan State, Bowie State, Howard and eight other historically black universities warned President Obama...

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The Washington Post
Duncan pledges more help for parents seeking federal college loans, 8.15.13
The Education Department is taking new steps to help parents obtain federal college loans if their applications are rejected…

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