Dr. Michael Lomax Statement on Current Middle East Crisis
“As President of UNCF (United Negro College Fund), I condemn the recent attacks by Hamas terrorists on innocent Israeli civilians. UNCF is an organization dedicated to promoting education, equality and unity, and we firmly believe that violence and hatred are obstacles to progress and must be rejected. The vicious antisemitism that fueled this terrible attack should have no place in America, the Middle East or anywhere else in the world.
“Additionally, we know that Hamas is a terror organization whose values and actions are not representative of the Palestinian people. We mourn all innocent lives lost in response to this terror.
“All of us at UNCF stand committed to working across divides and with those equally dedicated to achieving peace. In today’s world, where international events carry domestic ramifications, we know that our voice carries across borders and oceans. As a community, we call for solidarity where there is divisiveness, peace where there is war, and love where there is hate.”
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. While totaling only 3% of all colleges and universities, UNCF institutions and other historically Black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 15% of bachelor’s degrees, 5% of master’s degrees, 10% of doctoral degrees and 19% of all STEM degrees earned by Black students in higher education. 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 50,000 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.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.