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UNCF Hosting MLK Day Observances

Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Several UNCF (United Negro College Fund) offices across the country are hosting events to recognize the legacy of a great American: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday, which was first observed on Jan. 20, 1986, is considered a national day of service where communities come together to volunteer to conduct projects helping the homeless and needy families.

UNCF local events will raise awareness about its mission and its fundraising efforts to help students, many of whom are first-generation and come from low-income communities, to go to and through college.

The following is a list of upcoming MLK events:

Monday, January 16

City Events

Anderson, SC

2023 Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration

Monday, January 16

5:00 p.m.

Anderson County Civic Center

3027 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 

Anderson, SC

Los Angeles

2023 Martin Luther King Breakfast

Monday, January 16

7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Proud Bird Events Center

11022 Aviation Blvd. 

Los Angeles

The event includes a full-service breakfast, entertainment, and a keynote address by Dr. George T. French, Jr. president of Clark Atlanta University,  Atlanta, GA.

Minneapolis, MN

2023 Annual MLK Holiday Breakfast (Hybrid Event–Attend in person or online)

Valerie Jarrett, chief executive officer of the Barack Obama Foundation, is the keynote speaker. UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax is delivering remarks on the Twin Cities' support of UNCF and historically Black colleges and universities.

Monday, January 16

8:00 a.m.

Minneapolis Convention Center Ballroom

1301 Second Ave. South

Washington, DC

2023 40th Annual MLK Birthday Celebration (DMV area)

Monday, January 16

9:00 a.m.

The Hotel at the University of Maryland

7777 Baltimore Ave.

College Park, MD

Many of our UNCF-member institutions are holding events commemorating King's legacy. Visit the school's website for details.


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, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. While totaling only 3% of all colleges and universities, UNCF institutions and other historically Black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 15% of bachelor's degrees, 5% of master's degrees, 10% of doctoral degrees and 19% of all STEM degrees earned by Black students in higher education. UNCF 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 over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark, A mind is a terrible thing to waste."® Learn more at or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.


Roy Betts
United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF)