UNCF's Empower Me Tour

UNCF's Empower Me Tour

A star stopped by to inspire youth to excel in academic, financial and personal responsibility.


The UNCF Empower Me Tour (EMT) – a free, traveling college- and career-readiness road show sponsored by UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the country’s largest and most effective minority education organization – featured television entertainer Lance Gross as host for the Tour’s Washington D.C. stop at Dunbar High School on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

Celebrating its seventh year, the UNCF Empower Me Tour was created in partnership with Wells Fargo to prepare students to go to and through college and inspire them to take control of their future by using education as the foundation for achieving their goals and dreams.

The D.C. stop featured Gross, star of Tyler Perry’s award-winning “House of Payne”, and graduate of Washington’s historically black college/university (HBCU) Howard University, as a Tour co-host. Lance won two consecutive NAACP Image Awards in 2008 and 2009 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his “House of Payne” role.

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“I'm both honored and excited to participate in the UNCF Empower Me Tour. As a firm believer of the strength of higher education, it is a necessity to reach the youth and lead them in this upward direction,” said Gross. “Education is the gateway to achieving their dreams and is an important tool in paving the road to success. To represent the UNCF, to support, motivate and inspire the youth, is an investment for generations to come.”

For the D.C. Tour stop, educators and entrepreneurs shared their personal educational journeys with participating high school and college students. Attendees will participate in the Empower Me Tour Zone, an interactive experience for students, parents and educators. The Zone provides an opportunity to engage with college recruiters and to learn about scholarship opportunities. The Empower Me Tour will also provide students and their parents with a full day of exhibits, college and career workshops, and engaging panel discussions with special guests and celebrities.

"Proctor & Gamble is proud to continue our partnership with UNCF and The Empower Me Tour," said Crystal Harrell, Procter & Gamble, Senior Communications Manager. "Since the launch of My Black is Beautiful's Imagine A Future program – which aims to reach and teach one million Black girls over three years – UNCF has been instrumental in helping us reach more than 760,000 to date, and empowering them to express their best and most beautiful selves."

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