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The Black College Fund (80341-MH-R9999)

The 2007 South Carolina Annual Conference petitions the 2008 General Conference to adopt the following resolution concerning the Black College Fund:
   WHEREAS, Since 1866 when Rust College was established to address the educational needs of freed slaves, and over the next 141 years, the mission to empower African Americans through education continued with the founding of Bennett College for Women, Bethune Cookman University, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, Huston Tillotson University, Meharry Medical College, Paine, Philander Smith and Wiley Colleges, the Methodist Church’s commitment to higher education has been unequivocal; and
    WHEREAS, Since the founding of these colleges, they have added value to our society, educating some of the world’s great teachers, scientists, bishops, doctors, ministers, politicians, and professionals in other walks of life, and some of the world’s best and brightest students are today enrolled in these schools and are receiving a quality education through the work of dedicated and committed faculties and staffs; and
    WHEREAS, Since 1972, the Black College Fund has been an apportioned item and continues to provide necessary funds for daily operation, capital improvements and academic program enhancement at these schools, and this funding is a critical investment in the dreams of young people and all those who thirst for knowledge; and
    WHEREAS, These institutions are and have been since their founding, open to people of all ethnicities, races, creeds and nationalities, and all are treated with dignity and respect, and therefore the mission and ministry of these schools is still vital and important; and
    WHEREAS, Many annual conferences are going the extra mile to pay their 100 percent apportionment and this commitment and faithfulness to this important cause continues to make a difference; now, therefore, be it
    RESOLVED, That the General Conference reaffirms its commitment to the ministry of the eleven church-related historically black colleges and universities; and, be it further
   RESOLVED, That the General Conference reaffirms its commitment to the Black College Fund and expresses its intention to continue the Black College Fund as an apportioned item for the 2009-2012 quadrennium.