The Fight for Better Futures and the Important Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

UNCF President and CEO, Dr. Michael L. Lomax, delivers this thought-provoking message across the country through keynote addresses at the University of Michigan, Paine College and the Metropolitan Atlanta Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa and Civil Center for Human Rights lecture series


Now more than ever, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are vitally important to the sustainability of the community. UNCF President and CEO, Dr. Michael L. Lomax delivers this powerful message across the country, at education pillars the University of Michigan, Paine College and the Civil Center for Human Rights.

“The good news is…with Beyoncé’s HBCU-themed performance at Coachella, Stan Nelson’s produced documentary “Tell Them We Are Rising” and hit shows like “Blackish” tackling the common denominator in many minority households, HBCUs versus predominantly white institutions, HBCUs have been brought to the forefront of the discussion,” said Lomax. “However, the conversation must dive deeper—examining the integral role of HBCUs in today’s economy and the fight that continues to educate the next generation of trailblazers and ultimately securing better futures for us all.”

UNCF President and CEO, Dr. Michael L. Lomax speaks at Paine College
UNCF President and CEO, Dr. Michael L. Lomax speaks at Paine College

Since 2004, Lomax has led UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to African American students and a leading advocate of college readiness. Under his leadership, UNCF has raised more than $2.5 billion and helped more than 92,000 students earn college degrees and launch careers. Before coming to UNCF, Lomax was president of Dillard University in New Orleans and a literature professor at UNCF-member institutions Morehouse and Spelman colleges.

At UNCF’s helm, Lomax oversees the organization’s 400 scholarship programs, which award 10,000 scholarships a year worth more than $100 million. He also launched the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building, which helps UNCF’s 37 member historically black colleges and universities become stronger, more effective and more self-sustaining. Under Lomax’s leadership, UNCF has fought for college readiness and education reform through partnerships with reform-focused leaders and organizations. He serves on the boards of Teach For America and the KIPP Foundation. Lomax serves on the board for the Smithsonian Institutions’ Museum of African American History and Culture and the Studio Museum of Harlem. He founded the National Black Arts Festival.

Follow @DrMichaelLomax as he delivers this commanding message across the nation.

The details:

University of Michigan School of Education Commencement
Date: April 27-29, 2018
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2018 Distinguished Phi Beta Kappa Lecture
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Location: National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Glenn Room and Glenn Foyer100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, Atlanta, GA. 678.999.8990

The event is free and open to the public. To make your reservation for this event, go to New Challenges for the Old South: A Conversation with Dr. Michael Lomax | Center for Civil and Human Rights

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Paine College Spring Commencement
Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018
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About UNCF
UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF annually awards $100 million in scholarships and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at, or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter, @UNCF and #UNCF.