The Mormon Church to Provide $3 Million in Scholarship Funds for HBCU Students

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Morman Church, has a long history of discrimination against African Americans. Until 1978, Blacks were not allowed to become members of the lay priesthood. But now the Church has announced it is partnering with the NAACP and the United Negro College Fund in a $9 million educational and humanitarian aid program.

The Mormon Church has pledged $6 million over three years to provide humanitarian aid for six large metropolitan areas in the United States. The church is also allocating $3 million over the next three years to provide scholarships for students at member institutions of the United Negro College Fund. In addition, the church is earmarking $250,000 to create a fellowship for students from the United States to travel to study in Ghana.

Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Mormon Church, said that “I think that the genius behind the collaboration, the cooperation between three very distinct different entities in the NAACP, the United Negro College Fund and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to think of a very simple approach: Do something for others.”

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  1. HBCU Watch says:

    I’m not even remotely surprised the neoliberal, politically correct, and money hungry NAACP and the UNCF so eagerly accepted this ‘dirty and racist money’ (In my opinion). Do you think the so-called Jewish community both here in the USA or in Europe would accept money from Adolph Hitler or Joseph Goebbels heirs? I don’t think so. These so-called Black organizations need to have some sort of true standard and recognize that “all money is not good money”.

    • Stanley White says:

      Are you going to replace the $9 million or $3 million that you suggest be passed up?
      If not, I suggest you keep your opinions to your self.

      • HBCU Watch says:

        Hey Stanley (boy),

        No need for you simplistic and emotive rant. Are you familiar with the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution? Probably not. In other words Stanley (boy), I will continue to voice my OPINION on any given topic I so chose. You still don’t get which explains why you will always be a below average so-called American. Why don’t you just admit that estoy en venta. (I’m for sale, in Spanish). Adios payaso (clown, in Spanish)!

  2. El says:

    Interesting. The upper echelon of leadership in the LDS Church is now doing its best to be seen as “doing good” for people of color in order to atone for its long history of rank and unapologetic racism. In addition, it is undertaking an unprecedented expansion into an increasing number of nations all over sub-Saharan Africa, e.g., new temples in Accra, Ghana, and one in the planning stage for Abuja, Nigeria, among others. Meanwhile, back on the “farm” (i.e., here in the States), Mormons remain one of the most “uptight” communities with respect to having genuinely warm and welcoming relations with African-Americans, both individually and collectively. I would argue that it behooves people of African descent to remain vigilant, lest we find ourselves deceived.

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