UNCF An Evening of Stars Educating Our Future, Target, Centric, Anthony Anderson
UNCF An Evening of Stars Educating Our Future Presented by Target is back by popular demand. Viewers across the country will be able to watch the 34th airing legendary television event during its rebroadcast nationwide on Sunday, March 17, on Centric at 8:00 PM EDT.
Actor-comedian Anthony Anderson, co-star of NBC's Guys With Kids, hosts the variety show, which focuses public attention on America's need for more African American college graduates and UNCF's work getting students to and through college.
The show features Grammy-Award winner and founder of the New Look Foundation, Usher Raymond, presenting a four-year college scholarship to Milwaukee, Wisconsin high school senior, Ammon Lyle. Additionally, superstars StEve Harvey, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan will present scholarships to deserving college and college-bound students.
Viewers will be electrified by performances and appearances by some of the hottest names in entertainment including Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Tyrese Gibson, Melanie Fiona, Eric Benet, Tracee Ellis Ross, Keenan Ivory Wayans and many more.
"UNCF is delighted that stars like Usher, Anthony Anderson, StEve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan have agreed to make our cause their cause," said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and CEO, UNCF. "Performing for the UNCF An Evening of Stars national audience and introducing UNCF's "rising stars"-the high-achieving students who, thanks to UNCF, are getting the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy. The country is facing a crisis in African American education, and UNCF, BET, and our galaxy of rising and established stars are determined to do something about it."
"We are very excited to be a part of this inspirational night," said Debra Lee, chairman and CEO, BET Networks. "Historically black colleges and universities play a special and important role in the African American Community and we are honored to help raise funds and awareness to support the education of the next generation of leading African American professionals."
UNCF, the country's largest and most effective minority education organization, supports the education of more than 60,000 students each year. A recent study by UNCF's Patterson Research Institute showed that UNCF's 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) out-perform many non-HBCUs at enrolling and graduating low-income students. UNCF's largest scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, has a 90 percent graduation rate among its 13,000 low-income minority students, a rate significantly higher than the national college graduation rate.
About UNCF An Evening of Stars
UNCF An Evening of Stars, formerly the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, first aired in 1979, and since that time has become one of the longest-running and most successful televised events in U.S. history. Over its 34-year history, UNCF An Evening of Stars has raised more than $200 million that has helped hundreds of thousands of students attend college and graduate. In recent years, UNCF An Evening Of Stars has featured a who's who of remarkable talent, including Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Ne-Yo, Nancy Wilson, Beyoncé, Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg, Fantasia, Joss Stone, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Hall and Oates, Ziggy Marley, Maroon 5, and scores of others. UNCF An Evening of Stars received NAACP Image Awards for its 2006 tribute to Stevie Wonder, its 2008 tribute to Smokey Robinson and its 2010 tribute to Lionel Richie. Learn more about UNCF An Evening of Stars at www.UNCF.org.