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UNCF: 75 YEARS LIGHTING THE WAY TO BETTER FUTURES

A historic night—in more ways than one—UNCF (United Negro College Fund) celebrated its 75th anniversary at its national UNCF “A Mind is…” Gala in Washington, DC.

The event helped the storied organization reach new fundraising heights, raising more than it ever has during a single event—$3.4 million—for UNCF’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The event, whose title echoes the group’s iconic motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,”® celebrated the founding of the organization by Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) president Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson with backing from corporate leaders led by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Coca Cola President Robert W. Woodruff.

AKA Check presentation

Gala Entertainment, Rodrick Dixon, vocalist

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Mayor Bowser

President Lomax, Former Congressman Andrew Young, Masked Award Honoree

Miss UNCF, Taylor Barnes, Wiley College

Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO, UNCF