UNCF Michigan to Host 33rd Annual Detroit Walk for Education, Virtually, Supporting HBCUs and Students

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Monique LeNoir UNCF Communications 202.810.0231 monique.lenoir@uncf.org

How do you stay safe during a pandemic, raise money for a great cause and get some exercise in on the side? Through the UNCF Virtual Walk for Education®, of course! The digital fundraiser replaces the annual in-person walk that UNCF conducts each year, taking what’s typically been a market-by-market approach for the organization on to both a local and nationwide virtual event.

The revamped, highly anticipated 33rd annual Detroit UNCF Virtual Walk for Education aims to raise funds to support historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the students they serve through the help of individuals, corporations and other donor groups. The event will engage Michigan participants in activities to walk, run, cycle and dance safely—all while having fun and still raising money for UNCF. The Walk is set for 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 21.

“For more than 77 years, UNCF has fueled HBCUs with vital resources to educate generations of African American and other minority students,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO, UNCF. “During an unprecedented time in our history compounded by COVID-19 and racial disparities, our students and institutions are faced with enormous challenges now more than ever. We are at risk of washing away a generation of talented and deserving African American and minority students. We need as many donations as possible right now because the students we help now will be our next generation of doctors, nurses, biologists, virologists, epidemiologists—the pandemic frontliners of the future. We invite everyone in Michigan to join the 33rd annual Detroit UNCF Virtual Walk for Education to help ensure better futures for us all.”

Current sponsors of the 33rd annual Detroit UNCF Virtual Walk for Education are presenting sponsor Ford Motor Company, Emagine Entertainment, Comerica Bank and Henkel Corporation.

To learn more or to donate, please go to UNCF.org/DetroitWalk.

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About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) 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, supports and 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 nearly 20% of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF 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 over 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.”®  For continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.