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United Negro College Funds
Establishment of UNCF
United Negro College Funds was founded
April 25, 1944
Frederick Patterson, the founder of UNFC, established Holly Knolls Associates to serve as a conference center for black educators
In 1947,, the UNCF organization provided over $100 million in financial assistance to over 65,000 scholars
Massachusetts senator ,John F. Kennedy, donated the proceeds from his book , Pulitzer Prize winning book, "Profile in Courage", to the UNCF
With the selection of Vernon Jordan did African Americans gain full control of the UNCF
Jordan's arrival as president led to a dramatic increase in direct appeals to black Americans
Since they've been using the motto "A mind is a terrible thing to waste", those eight words became a rallying cry in the African-American community
Raised more than $200 million through 2006 , which was the year of Lou Rawls death.
The organization enrolled Lou Rawls (a singer) to lead an annual telethon
They called it the "Lou Rawls Parade of Stars" to raise money for UNCF schlorships.
The largest ever single donation was made by Walter Armstrong, who donated $50 million to the fund
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