UNCF to Host 12th Annual Black History Month Luncheon

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Changing the narrative of HBCUs across the nation; Andrew Young, former Ambassador of the U.N. serves as keynote speaker

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UNCF (United Negro College Fund) will host the 12th annual Tampa Bay Black History Month luncheon on Tuesday, February 20 at Marriott Tampa Westshore Hotel beginning at 11:00 a.m. More than 300 will attend the luncheon, including mistress of ceremonies, Deiah Riley, news anchor at ABC Action News/WFTS-TV; keynote speaker, former Ambassador Andrew Young; 2018 champion of education, Derrick Brooks of Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc. and Tampa Bay’s business, civic and education leaders that support UNCF’s work in getting students to and through college thus showing the positive impact of HBCUs on the economy.

Benefiting historically black colleges and universities(HBCUs), UNCF aims to change the narrative of HBCUs across the nation by equipping minority students with the resources necessary to transition into college and ultimately the workforce.

“We invite all members of the Tampa Bay community to join us as we raise money to send deserving young people to college,” said Felicia Harvey, UNCF Tampa Bay Leadership Council chair. “Everyone who believes that ‘A mind is a terrible thing to waste ®’ should attend, as we inspire and empower our young people to secure passports to opportunity by way of obtaining a college degree.”

With the help of the Tampa Bay community, over $200,000 was awarded to Hillsborough county students last year. And now with the release of UNCF’s new publication, HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, we know graduates from HBCU and UNCF member institutions such as Edward Waters College, Florida Memorial University and Bethune Cookman University contributed $833 million to the total economic impact and over 7,817 jobs in total employment impact to the state of Florida.

“HBCUs not only provide a college education for 300,000 students every year, but they are a powerful economic engine: locally, through the jobs they create and the expenditures they make in the cities where they are located, and nationally, through the students they educate and prepare for an information-age workforce,” said Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO, UNCF.

The luncheon is chaired by Andrew Hall, regional director, External Affairs
AT&T - Florida. Sponsored by the Sun Coast Credit Union, AT&T, Publix and Wells Fargo, The Debartolo Foundation and many others.

For more information or to purchase a ticket for $75.00, please call Gwen Hewitt at 407.896.6940. or visit UNCF.org/TampaLuncheon.

Unable to attend, but want to make a difference in student’s life? Text UNCFORL to 50555 or donate at the link.

To stay connected to UNCF throughout the year, please visit: UNCF.org

About UNCF

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, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “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.

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