A Lil’ Positivity: Churches Help Kids Go To College

- By Bossip Staff

People always say that the black community never takes care of its own. In the past couple of weeks Tyler Perry stepped up to the plate and now two churches in Atlanta are making a difference.

Eight years ago, a couple of Atlanta churches challenged a group of second graders. They told them if they graduated from high school, the churches promised pay for them to attend the colleges of their choice. “So often we tell young people to stay out of trouble, to stay in school and we don’t do enough to encourage them,” explained Rev. Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Ebenezer Baptist and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church are partnering on the project.

“We adopted these kids when they were in the second grade and at the time they all lived in Bowen Homes housing project,” shared Warnock. “We said to them, that if they would stay in school and stay out of trouble, when they graduated, we would make sure that they made it through college.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up in Ebenezer Baptist, so it’s appropriate that the churches partner with the non-profit “I Have a Dream” Foundation to work toward getting the kids through high school and college.

Rev. Warnock sees the 60 kids in they’re sponsoring as much like himself.

“I grew up in the housing projects of Savannah, Georgia and wanted to attend Morehouse College. I didn’t know how I was going to get the tuition money, but there were people who encouraged me,” he explained.

Organizers are using Warnock’s 40th birthday celebration for a “Dreamers and Dreamkeepers Fundraiser” for the cause.

“Our guest artist for the night is Stephanie Mills,” Warnock said. “And, Mr. Jonathan Slocumb, the comedian, will be the MC. There are a number of other celebrity friends of mine, Byron Cage and Dottie Peoples and some others that are just going to drop by for good measure. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”


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  • Nique

    Thats some refreshing news….after all that money blk folks give to the church, its nice to know its not toward the down payment of the pastors Bentley

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  • http://www.myspace.com/musicman2486 L bka Mrs. Philly-(6am's one and only...I will FIGHT for mines!! LOL )

    That’s awesome!

  • Divine

    That’s fantastic! And that’s my alma mater int he picture! YAY!!

  • John Hope Franklin (i need another beer....)

    Good job warnock!!!
    Good job…

  • Alrighty Then...

    This is wonderful! Up with education! I LOVE to see my people getting educated!
    Not to mention, this makes me want to get more involved.

  • LovelyLisa

    Love that picture of my alma mater. Brings back graduation memories. Fisk Forever!

  • Lush_Us_Lipps

    Finally Some Good News!!!!

  • http://unFOURgettable Monica


  • enlight

    great, though not that unusual….
    black churches have been giving scholarships for YEARS! may not be a full ride but usually something….as well as doing food pantries, school drives, helping members pay essential bills, and helping single parents.

  • SCSunshine

    Kudos to these churches!!!!!! I love it!!!

    Now if I can find someone to help me with these student loans…..LOL

  • dbusch

    “Its been F.U. since 1866”

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  • Young Lady

    All i Know is here in Tampa most black churches i have visited has a college fund including my family’s church. They have the graduating senior stand in front of the church and they take a collection whenever they do tithe and offering time. It’s sent 6 of my cousins to college and plenty of others to school and we are not a big church.

  • Polly Ann

    Black mega churches churches bring in billions annually. I think they can afford to give black kids a full ride.

    I’m not going to give them a hand clap for doing what they’re supposed to do!

  • Kickrockslosers

    Also…it’s better than the discretionary funds being used to bail out KeeKee cause she whipped up on some girl again at the club!

  • girly-girl

    I got exicted when i saw the pic of Fisk I love that school!!!

  • Honesty

    Fisk University greatest HBCU c/o 07

  • Greg

    Glad to see the talent of Stephanie Mills!!

  • http://www.yellowise.com/results/Atlanta-GA/church Atlanta Religion

    Nice to see the churches doing such wonderful things for kids!

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