UNCF Celebrates 80 Years of Working to Advance Black Educational Opportunities


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By Micha Green, The Washington Informer

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) celebrates its 80th anniversary and honors those who work to support the legacy. (Jacques Benovil/The Washington Informer)
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) celebrates its 80th anniversary and honors those who work to support the legacy. (Jacques Benovil/The Washington Informer)

In an event that included a three-course dinner, inspirational speeches, and entertainment from the Fisk Jubilee Singers and Vanessa Williamsthe United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) “A Mind Is…” 80th-anniversary gala celebrated the organization’s long legacy of working to advance Black educational opportunities.

Hosted at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on March 7, the event was not only a fun way to honor UNCF’s work but emphasized the importance of investing in African American students’ futures.

“Help a student in need,” said Dr. Melva K. Wallace, president and CEO of Huston-Tillotson University.


“Collaborate. Work together like you do the Electric Slide,” Wallace said. “Five thousand dollars is an average UNCF scholarship, that’s what some of our students get; $1,000 helps a student with tuition for part of a year; $500 helps a student with room and board; $200 helps a student with a laptop … [and] $100 helps a student with textbooks.”

The Washington Informer has more details about the event’s attendees and fundraising.

The UNCF has provided crucial funding to HBCUs.

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