“I Have A Dream” Foundation Names New President & CEO

The “I Have A Dream” Foundation announced that Eugena Oh will be their new President and CEO. She has served as the organization’s COO, Chief Governance Officer, and Interim CEO before the departing CEO (Donna Lawrence) joined the team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Eugena practiced commercial and products liability law, and served in development, strategy, and operations roles […]

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The ‘I Have A Dream’ Foundation Keeps Making Dreams Come True

When I attended the I Have A Dream Foundation’s annual Spirit of the Dream Gala last year, I was so impressed with the organization that it has become one of my favorites. I love that it doesn’t set limits on who can participate in its programs. It works with entire classrooms, sometimes entire schools, which […]

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Closer Look: Atlanta Dreamers; Andy Griffith; And More

44:20: Vicky Jackson, program director for Atlanta’s I Have A Dream Foundation, and Martisia Jackson, a college student who participated in the Atlanta Dreamers program, talk about the program, which is paying college tuition for a group of students “adopted” 15 years ago

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I Have A Dream Foundation Celebrates 35th Anniversary Gala

The I Have A Dream Foundation will celebrate its 35th anniversary on Thursday, June 9, with its annual Spirit of the Dream gala at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. This year’s honorees are philanthropists and education advocates Lauran & Justin Tuck, founders of Tuck’s R.U.S.H. (Read, Understand, Succeed, and Hope) for Literacy; U.S. […]

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Eugene Lang, Investor Who Made College Dreams a Reality, Dies at 98

“Eugene M. Lang, an investor whose spur-of-the-moment promise to an East Harlem sixth-grade graduating class that he would pay for their college education inspired a foundation, led to the support of more than 16,000 children nationwide and made him something of an American folk hero, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was […]

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Pitfalls of promising free tuition

“While the promise of free college sounds like a winning proposition, advocates could learn from the experience of millionaire New York businessman Eugene Lang. In 1981, he spontaneously promised a sixth-grade class at his Harlem alma mater he would pay for their college education if they would graduate from high school. This promise resulted in […]

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Eugene Lang, millionaire who financed college dreams, dies at 98

“When he rose to speak in 1981 to the graduating sixth-graders at his old Harlem elementary school, Eugene M. Lang had planned, he said, on ‘mouthing the usual commencement banalities.’ But as the wealthy industrialist eyed the five dozen underprivileged, largely minority students, he could not bring himself to preach to them about the successes […]

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Former Student Remembers Life Of Education Donor Eugene Lang

“NPR’s Audie Cornish talks with Juan Martinez, one of the many thousands of students the philanthropist Eugene Lang helped send to college. Lang died over the weekend.”

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Eugene Lang changed thousands of lives for the better

“Eugene Lang, who died Saturday at 98, was already a very successful man on the day in June 1981 when he began to change history in a small but powerful way. Invited to give a sixth-grade graduation speech at his childhood alma mater, PS 121 in East Harlem, he learned on his way to the […]

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Eugene Lang Found Giving Money Wasn’t Enough

“Juan D. Martínez was one of the original students. With Mr. Lang’s help, he earned a philosophy degree at Swarthmore. On his own dime, he went on for a law degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Now he is a diplomat at the State Department in Washington, a veteran of postings in Mexico and Britain. […]

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