Student Daniel Ricketts had a simple question for one of our nation’s top educators: “How can I get into college?” United Negro College Fund Head Dr. Michael L. Lomax, who spoke in Wilmington on Thursday, was charmed by the local middle schooler and replied with aplomb. “Work hard, strive for excellence, set your sights on a great college.” More than two hundred Wilmington-area education boosters came out to the Christina Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) for a discussion with Dr. Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund. Attendees included Sylvia Banks (a founding board member of the The Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League), Tyrone Jones (United Way of Delaware) and Cerron Cade (Office of Gov. Markell), with Raye Jones-Avery, executive director of CCAC, serving as the evening’s emcee. Lomax has championed a new guiding principle for the minority scholarship organization: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in,” hoping to raise funds to allow greater numbers of African Americans to attend college.
The event was a joint effort of CCAC, Wilmington’s Parent Advocacy Council for Education, The Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, the Wilmington Education Strategies Think Tank, NAACP State Conference, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, DE Chapter, Revive the Village A United Way of Delaware African American Initiative and the Rodel Foundation of Delaware.