Thousands of attendees participate in UNCF's Walk for Education in Detroit in 2015. (Courtesy of
Thousands of attendees participate in UNCF's Walk for Education in Detroit in 2015. (Courtesy of

The preeminent organization responsible for millions of African-Americans receiving a higher education returns with their annual effort to keep the legacy going.

The United Negro College Fund [UNCF] announced Tuesday, Sept. 6 that it will champion education with 5K walks in Houston, Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Orlando, Florida, and Columbus, Ohio.

“More than ever, students need a college education to be competitive and succeed in today’s global economy,” said Michael L. Lomax, UNCF president and CEO.

These walks are projected to bring together between 300 and 1,500 community supporters in each city during September and October, raising funds to allow students the financial resources to stay in school.

Last year’s UNCF-sponsored walks raised more than $2 million.

“By investing in our students now through events like the UNCF Walk for Education, we are providing them with a path to success that will pay future dividends for them, their families and communities, and for all of us,” Lomax said.

UNCF Walk For Education events:

Saturday, Sept. 10
Tom Bass Park, Section I
Registration begins at 7 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 10
Burnham Park, Grove 7
9 a.m.

New York:
Saturday, Sept. 10
Roosevelt Island
9 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 24
Wolfe Park
8 a.m.-noon

Saturday, Oct. 1
The Mall at Millenia
7 a.m.

New Orleans:
Saturday, Oct. 8
Audubon Park Riverview
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
A special preregistration kickoff party will also be held Oct. 5 at the Audubon Tea Room from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s...

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