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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, under the leadership of President Russell M. Nelson, is working with the NAACP and UNCF, and is beginning a new initiative to provide $6 million in humanitarian aid in inner cities in the United States, as well as giving a $3 million scholarship to black students in America for college.
“Together, we want to make a difference,” President Nelson said. “We call for greater civility and kindness. And we work together to bless the lives of God’s children. I have spoken repeatedly on these objectives and do so again today. I renew our call to abandon prejudice and promote civility, kindness and mutual respect. We seek to build bridges of cooperation instead of walls of segregation.”
Besides the scholarships, funds will also be allocated to help build humanitarian efforts for under privileged US cities.
“We will help to teach important principles of self-reliance,” President Nelson said. “We have committed $2 million per year for the next three years to encourage service and help to those in need. This is consistent with our many humanitarian efforts around the world for which our members have donated so generously.”
According to Deseret News, The NAACP and church will select six metro areas for the projects, one in each of the church’s designated North American areas. The NAACP will facilitate collaboration with its local branches, offices and community organizations.
The church’s respective area presidencies will direct the funds consistent with its Welfare and Self-Reliance Services standards to address clean water, food deserts, nutritional education, immunizations, refugee resettlement, food pantry support, self-reliance and employment security.
President Russell M. Nelson throughout his leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has made sure to have an ongoing and growing relationship with the NAACP.
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