NAACP reading list for scholarship winners includes President Nelson’s talk on building bridges
Applications for the Amos C. Brown Fellowship to Ghana to study the Atlantic slave trade are due by March 25
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Students who earn the NAACP’s Amos C. Brown Student Fellowship to Ghana to study the Atlantic slave trade will read a talk by President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
President Nelson announced the fellowship during a joint press conference last year with the NAACP. He also announced the church would provide $250,000 to fund the project in the name of his friend, the Rev. Amos C. Brown, a Civil Rights leader and former student of Martin Luther King Jr.
The Rev. Brown was involved in planning the fellowships, but he was surprised by President Nelson’s announcement during the press conference that they would be named for him.
“I am peacock proud, hyena happy and elephant elated,” he said afterward.
The NAACP is accepting applications for 50 fellowships until March 25. The fellows will spend 10 days in Ghana from July 31 to Aug. 10.
“They will be immersed in Ghanaian culture, learn about the Atlantic slave trade and receive deep insights into their ancestral lineage,” according to the NAACP’s application site.
The learning experiences will equip the students to build bridges between communities and become social justice leaders and ambassadors for racial justice, the application says.
The site includes a reading list for all participants that includes President Nelsons’ talk at the 2019 NAACP convention in Detroit, Michigan. In it, he said the church wanted to become dear friends with the African American community.
“Simply stated, we strive to build bridges of cooperation rather than walls of segregation,” President Nelson said.
Here is the complete reading list for fellowship winners:
- “The Suppression of the African Slave Trade,” by W.E.B. DuBois.
- The announcement of the church’s joint initiatives with the NAACP at last year’s press conference, where President Nelson said the church would provide $6 million to work with the NAACP on humanitarian aid in inner cities in the United States and $3 million to fund scholarships through the United Negro College Fund, in addition to the fellowship.
- President Nelson’s remarks at the NAACP’s 2019 National Convention.
- An op-ed written by the Rev. Brown asking people to follow the Latter-day Saints’ example to heal divisions and move forward.
Applicants must be NAACP members between the ages of 18 and 25 by July 1, 2022, and live in the United States.
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