UNCF Speaks to the Importance of a High-Quality K-12 Education

Last week, UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax served as the keynote speaker at a luncheon hosted by the Walton Family Foundation during the National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) Conference in New Orleans. During his speech, Lomax implored journalists to elevate the dialogue around education, emphasizing the need to shift the narrative from a deficit discussion to a opportunity conversation. Following his speech, he joined a panel discussion moderated by NBC News Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis. 

UNCF K-12 Advocacy Director Naomi N. Shelton also participated in the NABJ conference, serving as a panelist for the Education and Equity discussion. 

Lomax's interview with The 74 Million, a non-profit, non-partisan news site covering education in America, also went live last week. The session, called, "We've Got to Garner More Resources for Low-Income Kids for This Journey 'to and Through' College," further amplified UNCF's position as a thought partner in the K-12 education landscape.

Dr. Lomax, far right, with the NABJ panel
Dr. Lomax, far right, with the NABJ panel


Read the interview here.

Following his time in New Orleans, Lomax also served as a panelist during the education session at the Congressional Black Caucus Institute's Mississippi Policy Conference in Tunica, MS, emphasizing the need for high-quality K-12 outcomes to strengthen the pipeline to college and beyond.