The grant will enable community advisors, partners and the library staff to develop an exhibition with accompanying programming materials that will be shared with HBCUs and cultural institutions across the South. It is also designed to have a long-term benefit for JCSU's students, faculty and the community.
"This grant demonstrates the university's vision to enjoy strong community relations and strategic partnerships with businesses, corporations and professional organizations," said
The exhibition will illustrate the history of Black philanthropy through artful photography and insightful first-person narratives. The JCSU library staff will work with author
African Americans are often left out of the conversation and recognition of giving unless fame and wealth are associated, according to Fullwood. The book points out that stories of ordinary African Americans giving to charitable causes are rarely heard. The stories more often feature Black people as only beneficiaries or people in need.
Rhue said the exhibition will benefit the larger community by providing a more comprehensive story, making the point that African Americans give a higher percentage of their discretionary income to charitable causes than any other racial group in America.
"This partnership with JCSU is the fulfillment of a longtime aspiration because influencing the next generation of givers is a priority of our giving circle,
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