FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CONTACTS:

Joi Ridley, UNCF Communications Manager
202-810-0225
joi.ridley@uncf.org

STATEMENT BY DR. MICHAEL L. LOMAX, UNCF PRESIDENT: SOTU AND THE ROLE OF EDUCATION IN CLOSING THE WEALTH DIVIDE

"As President Obama noted in his State of the Union address tonight, the growing wealth divide poses a serious threat to our country's future.

"The fact remains that the long-term solution is to educate our young people and prepare them to compete in the global market place.

"We have long understood, access to a college education is the most critical link to economic empowerment and closing the wealth divide.

"As we celebrate our 70th year, UNCF continues to lead the fight to provide post-secondary educational access to African Americans and other communities of color. We remain committed to opening the door for low-income students of color to achieve sustainable economic security and asset building opportunities.

"In order to reach our goal, our students must be prepared to succeed. The Common Core curriculum is an essential ingredient to college success. We all must do more to ensure its effective implementation.

"It is our collective responsibility as a nation to take action and recommit to expanding educational access for all Americans, especially low-income communities of color who have the greatest need and opportunity for success."

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