United Negro College Fund has been the thriving force in helping create better futures for young people like myself to make sure we all get a chance at a higher education. With 75 years of helping bring better futures to us all, I was honored to be able to attend the 2020 UNCF Gala Courtesy of the incredible Mashari Grissom (Communications Manager-Events)
The Media Prince with President & CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax
The event held at the lovely Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, provided a night of excellence, a night of scholars, a night of guidance & a night of giving. It was astonishing to be in the presence of such dignitaries and see the possibilities they are creating for students to become future leaders.
I myself was helped through my tenure of college thanks to UNCF, so I felt at home among those of the night.
"UNCF envisions a nation where all Americans have equal access to a college education that prepares them for rich intellectual lives, competitive and fulfilling careers, engaged citizenship and service to our nation.
UNCF’s mission is to build a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of under-represented students who, because of UNCF support, become highly-qualified college graduates and to ensure that our network of member institutions is a respected model of best practice in moving students to and through college.
UNCF’s North Star is to increase the total annual number of African American college graduates by focusing on activities that ensure more students are college-ready, enroll in college and persist to graduation. This is done through a three-pillar strategy. Positioning member institutions as a viable college option for students and investing in institutional capacity to improve student outcomes; creating transformational support programs to ensure students are enrolling and persisting through college completion; building awareness of educational attainment and cultivating college-going behaviors within the African American community." - uncf.org
Actress, Author & Philanthropist Erika Alexander
Actress, Producer & Innovator Lynn Whitfield (HOST)
Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi
All in all it was an amazing night of honor and to be there was thrilling. I got a chance to interview the CEO (which you will see soon via IGTV) and I really got the sense of gratitude and respect for what it is UNCF is able to do in changing the lives of people everywhere. I left feeling encouraged and motivated.
Now for the in depth things check below lol;
-Performance by KIPP was amazing
-Fish and Steak was to die for and the potatoes, cant forget potatoes
-Yes alcohol filled the night and this was pre corona so everyone drank themselves happy
-Lynn Whitfield was a joy
-Nancy Pelosi was amazing and so nice and shook my hand
-Event lasted about 2 hours