First Presidency Announces Initiatives Alongside NAACP and UNCF Leadership – powered by Happy Scribe
On the week of Juneteenth, a time designated to remember the end of slavery in the Midwest and hundreds in the United States, we can stand here today as a beacon of light.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People gathered shoulder to shoulder at the Global Faiths headquarters in Salt Lake City.
Leaders of the church have found common ground with the NAACP as we have discussed challenges that beset some of God’s children. The challenges are huge and our capacities are limited, but together we want to make a difference. Today, we are pleased to announce three key initiatives that have emerged from our many discussions and prayerful planning. First, educational scholarships. Overseen by the United Negro College Fund to help young black students in the United States. The church has made a commitment of one million dollars a year for the next three years.
I am pleased to announce a one time donation of 250000 dollars to create an Amos C. Brown student fellowship to Gada. Humanitarian efforts will be focused to bring relief to suffering souls in underprivileged areas of the United States. We will help to teach the important principles of self-reliance. We have committed two million dollars per year for the next three years to encourage service and help to those in need. These efforts represent an ongoing desire of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints to teach and live.
The two great commandments to love, God and neighbor. We are honored to join with our dear friends from the NAACP and the uncomfort to announce these goals and our shared vision.
We are the church, we are the NAACP. We are God’s people. This announcement today can allow us to stand proudly together. From various backgrounds, from various communities from across the country, so others can really say, I see the crisis in the joint statement was reminiscent of the group’s news conference in May of 2013.
We are impressed to call on people of this nation and indeed the entire world to demonstrate greater civility, racial and ethnic harmony and mutual respect. A brother of another mother. Hello, Amy. Good to see you. In July of 2019, President Nelson spoke at the NAACP 110 National Convention in Detroit, where he reminded attendees that differences need not undermine society’s shared humanity.
We don’t have to be alike or look alike to have love for each other. We don’t even have to agree with each other, to love each other. If we have any hope of reclaiming the goodwill and sense of humanity for which we learn, it must begin with each of us, one person at a time.
A year later, he and NAACP leaders penned a national op ed on how to build greater understanding, overcome prejudice and address the intolerable sin of racism.
And I want to acknowledge. In my remarks that you are the quintessential. Embitterment. Of the best leadership. In the faith community of the United States of America. Anywhere to be found, south of heaven, north of hell.
We have labored together in the spirit of friendship and common purpose to find ways to increase understanding and to bless the lives of our black brothers and sisters throughout areas like education and humanitarian efforts.
I think it’s a message of unity. I think it’s a message of collaboration and hope. And we really hope to inspire through this partnership by people who are different to come together and do great things. And we think that transformation is really possible. And we want to be a model. We want people to look at this and say, wow, wow, we too can do this.
It demonstrates how we can all live in harmony if we work hard headed and put down our fears and increase our ability to have dialog.
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the national leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced on Monday new educational and humanitarian initiatives related to their ongoing collaboration.
The group first met in May 2018, setting a budding relationship.
“Today, we are pleased to announce three key initiatives that have emerged from our many discussions and prayerful planning,” said President Russell M. Nelson at a news conference, shortly after meeting with NAACP leadership in the Church Administration Building on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
“The challenges are huge, and our capacities are limited. But together, we want to make a difference, even though our efforts may seem relatively small,” he said.
President Nelson then shared additional details about the academic and philanthropic-focused plans that have resulted from their ongoing discussions and collaboration.
To support the groups’ educational goals, the global faith leader announced the Church’s commitment to fund a $1 million scholarship donation per year for three years, overseen by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), which will help young black students in the United States.
President Nelson also shared the Church’s plans to provide $250,000 for an Amos C. Brown Student Fellowship to Ghana and explained that the experience “will allow selected students from the USA an opportunity to learn more about their heritage.”
Together, President Nelson explained, the two entities will “bring relief to suffering souls in underprivileged areas of the United States,” and through these efforts, “teach important principles of self-reliance.”
To accomplish this objective, the senior leader pledged a $2 million Church contribution per year for the next three years “to encourage service and help to those in need” in those areas.
“This is consistent with our many humanitarian efforts around the world for which our members have donated so generously,” President Nelson said.
NAACP leaders in attendance included Derrick Johnson, President and CEO; Wilbur Colom, Special Counsel; Eris Sims, Chief of Staff; Yumeka Rushing, Chief Strategy Officer and Reverend Dr. Amos C. Brown, Senior Pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco and President of NAACP Branch in San Francisco.
UNCF representatives at the event included Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO; Maurice E. Jenkins Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer and Monica Sudduth, Regional Development Director of San Francisco.
President Nelson expressed his thanks to NAACP and UNCF leaders for being a part of the shared vision.
“On this week of Juneteenth — a time designated to remember the end of slavery in the United States — we are honored to join with our dear friends from the NAACP and the UNCF to announce these goals and our shared vision,” he said.
“While a global pandemic has impacted our ability to meet in person, we have been hard at work, and we are pleased to meet today in that same warm spirit to share now some joint initiatives that will take our progress to a new level,” Elder Rasband said.
Monday’s gathering of Latter-day Saints and NAACP leadership was reminiscent of the groups’ news conference just over two years ago when President Nelson called for people to demonstrate “greater civility and kindness and to work together to bless the lives of all God’s children.”
“On May 17, 2018, the Church and the NAACP — in this very room — made a unified plea for greater civility and racial harmony. It was the solidifying of a growing friendship and the beginning of discussions about how we could learn from and serve one another.”
In July 2019, President Nelson spoke to the NAACP 110th National Convention’s attendees in Detroit. His message centered on how “differences need not undermine society’s shared humanity.”
A year later, he and NAACP leaders authored a national op-ed on how to build greater understanding, overcome prejudice and address the intolerable sin of racism.