Economics/Class Relations

Latter-day Saint leaders announce nearly $10M toward scholarships, other programs for Black Americans

The LDS have apparently evolved a bit since their “curse of Cain” days.

East Idaho News

The following is a news release and photos from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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.

“Leaders of the Church have found common ground with the NAACP as we have discussed challenges that beset some of God’s children,” said President Nelson, who was accompanied by his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring; Elders Ronald A. Rasband and Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; and Elder Jack N. Gerard, a General Authority Seventy.

“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.

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