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President of UNCF Says Org Received Massive Surge In Support Following George Floyd’s Killing (Blavity.com, Dec. 7, 2020)

UNCF President and CEO, Michael L. Lomax, sat down with the “KIPP On Learning” podcast to discuss the uptick in donations as well as the significance of HBCUs.


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Dr. Lomax

The Hill logoAmerica’s Path Forward to Building Equity in Higher Education

Op-ed by Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D. and Michael Hansen, published in The Hill, March 2021

For low-income, first-generation students of color, the American Dream is fading because education is not attainable, not accessible and certainly not affordable. >> Read More


The Atlantic: How to Launch the Next Great Era of Black Prosperity

Even today, in this time of racial awakening, many white Americans continue to ask the same demeaning question about historically Black colleges and universities that they did a decade ago and in the decade before that: With the end of Jim Crow and the integration of college campuses, does the country still really need HBCUs? >> Read More


2020

(06/12/20)

Lomax Speaks on HBCUs and Urgency of Black Higher Education

Statement From Dr. Lomax on Murder of George Floyd and Renewed Anti-Black Violence (06/07/20)

Dr. Lomax on the Al Sharpton Show (4/25/19)

Dr. Lomax speaks about the importance and relevance of HBCUs and the 75th anniversary of UNCF and the organization’s plans for the future. >> Listen here

Dr. Lomax on The Joe Madison Show (4/24/19)

Dr. Lomax speaks with Madison on the eve of the organization’s 75th anniversary. They discuss issues facing African American college students, the relevance of HBCUs and UNCF’s role in helping students succeed. >> Listen here

UNCF President Calls for Scrutiny of Accreditors

Michael Lomax, president of UNCF, called for Congress to scrutinize the decision making of regional accreditors, whom he accused of dealing unfairly with struggling historically black colleges. “Just as black students in schools across this nation have been targets of and subject to punishments harsher than their nonblack peers, I would argue that historically black colleges and universities are receiving disparate and inequitable punishments and sanctions from regional accreditors,” Lomax said. >> Read More


Dr. Lomax delivers the keynote address at UNCF-member institution Paine College commencement ceremony, May 6, 2018; a thought-provoking message, “The Fight for Better Futures and the Important Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” The message was delivered 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. >> Click to view

UNCF President Receives America’s Promise Alliance Honor (4/30/18)
UNCF President Lomax received the Promise of America award, America’s Promise Alliance’s highest honor, which recognizes extraordinary individuals who have made an exceptional difference in the lives of young people. >> Read more

BlackpressUSA.com:  Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship Program Gives Our Students Tools They Need to Thrive (3/4/18)
Dr. Lomax says that UNCF is currently recruiting for the Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship Program, which selects undergraduate juniors from HBCUs to participate in leadership development and a paid internship. >> Read More

New York Times: Black Colleges in the Age of Trump (1/16/18)
The Trump administration’s missteps have helped to put HBCUs in the national spotlight—revealing a national lack of understanding of these schools’ history, exposing the difficult position that H.B.C.U. administrators find themselves in, and highlighting the moral leadership exhibited by HBCU students. Read the op-ed from Stanley Nelson, Emmy and Peabody award-winning director and producer of the feature-length documentary “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.” >> Read More


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2020

nbc news logo(5/18/20)
In virtual commencement, Obama called on graduates to be ‘warriors for justice’

“These aren’t normal times,” the former president said in addressing graduates facing the most unstable job market since the Great Depression.

2019

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (12/11/19)

Protecting Our Future logoUNCF Celebrates as FUTURE Act Awaits Trump’s Signature

The latest version of the FUTURE Act, a bill intended to renew $255 million in annual federal funding for minority serving institutions for two years, passed in the U.S. Senate last week – and passed in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday afternoon with a 319 to 96 vote, followed by final unanimous approval in the Senate that evening. The amended bill passed the senate unanimously yesterday evening and now is headed to the White House and awaits the signature of President Trump.

UNCF Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy Lodriguez Murray talks to Newsy about the passage of The FUTURE Act and what it means to HBCUs.

USA Today (10/10/19)

Six-figure parent loans: When college dreams for students mean nightmarish debt for family
While Aaron Greene was packing to head back to Clark Atlanta University for his junior year, he stumbled upon a college bill at his mother’s house in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The number was so large that he figured it had to be a phone number. “I know my mother is not paying this much money for school,” he said. “We don’t have that.” >> Read More

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (7/1/19)

HBCUs Exceed Expectations When it Comes to Black Enrollment and Graduation Rates
When broken down by state, the UNCF report demonstrates the impressive “multiplier effect” that HBCUs have on African Americans. >> Read More

University Business: HBCUs remain crucial to access in higher ed (7/8/19)

Historically black colleges and universities enroll and graduate outsized share of black students in their states. >> Read More

Atlanta Journal Constitution: By the numbers: UNCF report on historically black colleges (6/26/19)

UNCF released a report Tuesday that concludes historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) educates and graduates a higher percentage of African American students in Georgia and everywhere else they operate. >> Read More

NPR Marketplace: States benefit economically from HBCUs, report finds (6/26/19)

Historically black colleges and universities, located primarily in southeastern states, are playing a role in the emerging economy of the region. UNCF has issued a report about the economic impact of HBCUs on African Americans in their respective states. The report says that despite being small and under-resourced, the colleges and universities spur an impressive amount of economic activity locally, both through the income generated by graduates who live locally, as well as the employment of local residents. >> Listen here

The Undefeated: State of HBCUs Address calls for more federal funding, accreditation oversight (3/6/19)

In its first State of the HBCU Address, UNCF is calling for more congressional action to bolster historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) financially and bring transparency to accreditation groups that have taken “unpredictable, desperate and harsh” action against African American institutions of higher learning. On Tuesday, UNCF, to commemorate its 75th anniversary, issued its first Congressional Honor Roll of legislators who have helped HBCUs in their communities and states over the years. It outlined a multi-pronged effort to strengthen these schools. >> Read More


2018

The Undefeated: Kevin Hart giving back by handing out scholarships to HBCU students (7/7/18)
Six Philadelphia students received the surprise of a lifetime Monday night when comedian and actor Kevin Hart announced he was giving them some help with college expenses. >> Read More

Philadelphia Inquirer: Surprise! Kevin Hart gifts 6 Philly kids college scholarships (7/7/18)
Last week, actor and comedian Kevin Hart saluted LeBron James on the opening of his I Promise school for at-risk youth in James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio. Now, we have a reason to salute Hart. >> Read More

HBCU Digest: Trump Administration Defers Capital Loan Payments for Eight Private HBCUs (7/9/18)
Eight private historically black institutions have been granted loan deferments for payments owed to the federal government through its capital financing program. The initiative will postpone principal and interest payments from Bennett College, Florida Memorial University, Huston-Tillotson University, Saint Augustine’s College, Shaw University, Vorhees College, Wilberforce University and Wiley College for six years, and will refund payments made by the schools during the last fiscal year. >> Read More

Brookings Institute— Brown Center ChalkboardA Voice at the Table: Positioning African American Youth Voices at the Center of Education Reform (6/20/18)
Meredith B.L. Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate – Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute at UNCF and Adjunct Professor – American University, School of Public Affairs, discussed “A Seat at the Table”,  the final installment in UNCF’s three-part series on African American perspectives on education, The Perceptions Research series. The series uplifts the voices of African American parents, community leaders, and youth because African American voices have and always will matter in education policy, practice, and research.  In totality, the findings in the series challenge assumptions about apathy and engagement among the African American community on important issues like education. >> Read More

Academic Leader: UNCF, HBCUs Laud Passage of Omnibus Appropriations Bill (6/18)
Lodriguez Murray, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs for UNCF, discusses the FY18 federal spending increases and UNCF’s role in the bill. >> Click to Read

Education Design Lab Formalizes Career Pathways Partnership with UNCF (5/24/18)
The nonprofit’s expertise in innovation, employer-institution engagement and design thinking will help 14 UNCF-partner colleges improve career outcomes for thousands of black students >> Read More  Learn more about UNCF Career Pathways Initiative at UNCF.org/CPI

Politico, Morning EducationOne-Third Of Surveyed Black Youth Believe Race Is A Barrier (4/26/18)
As part of its coverage on the annual UNCF Education Summit, Politico highlighted the key findings from UNCF’s latest report, A Seat at the Table: African American Youth’s Perception of K-12 Education.  >> Read More

NBC News: ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ reveals the history of black colleges (2/19/18)
“HBCUS are not just providing degrees and employing tens of thousands of people,” Dr. Brian Bridges, former UNCF vice president of research and members engagement tells NBC News. “Most people are not aware of how HBCUs drive economic impact. They produce 134,000 jobs. Their graduates go on to work at some of the country’s top Fortune 500 companies. That is substantial.” >> Read More

New York Times: Black Colleges Swept Up in For-Profit Crackdown Find Relief from DeVos (1/12/18)
When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos began rolling back regulations to curb the predatory practices of for-profit colleges, critics seethed that the Trump administration was throwing yet another lifeline to a rapacious industry — in this case, one that sees vulnerable undergraduates as nothing more than moneymaking targets. Henry N. Tisdale, the president of the small campus of Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C. [a UNCF-member institution], disagrees. >> Read More