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By Dr. Sinclair Grey III
Black History Month is the time of year when America remembers and celebrates the accomplishments of African-Americans past and present. Well, Wal-Mart is doing something worthwhile in an effort to promote African-American achievement.
The super-giant retailer will be providing $1.75 million in grants to the nation’s three largest civil rights organizations – The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), National Urban League, and United Negro College Fund. The grant money will be provided through Wal-mart’s foundation.
“According to a press release, a $500,000 grant will go to UNCF to help 16 HBCUs gain financial stability to ensure their continued mission of providing black students with higher education. Grants of $1 million and $250,000 to the National Urban League and the NAACP respectively will help individuals secure and build successful careers through training and placement assistance and help businesses create more job opportunities.”
With so much diversity in the workforce and many people of color suffering because of the lack of resources provided, these grants will help these organizations provide programs to strengthen opportunities in communities.
When opportunities are presented to individuals in communities, a stronger pool of people in the workforce increases. In addition to this, when careers are strengthened, a stronger America will come about.
Marc H. Morial, the president and CEO of the National Urban League said, ‘this new grant will help us further strengthen our workforce development programs and continue helping African Americans and other communities of color across the United States secure economic independence and empowerment.’
With a grant of this size, the three major civil rights organizations can definitely employ effective and efficient programs. However, it goes without saying that they will be viewed under a tight lens because results will have to be provided. Anytime money is provided for achievement, positive results must be produced.
Source: The Root
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, activist, published author of (5) books, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org