the Ford Foundation donated $ 500,000 to the Emanuel Nine Memorial, the Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation board said in a press release.
The Mother Emmanuel Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 designated organization in Charleston that focuses on commemorating Emanuel Nine and creating awareness and social justice initiatives aimed at eradicating racism. The donation will help start these programs.
“The Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation is extremely grateful to the Ford Foundation and looks forward to expanding our partnership by working together to develop social justice programs to help build a more inclusive and equitable society,” said Rev. Eric SC Manning, Pastor of Mother Emanuel AME Church and Co-Chair of the Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation.
The Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation manages the fundraising, construction and endowment of the Emmanuel Nine Memorial, which will open in mid to late 2022.
The permanent memorial will honor the nine people murdered at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston by a gunman in 2015.
The design process is led by Michael Arad, who designed the National 9/11 Memorial. The memorial will consist of three elements: the memorial courtyard, the survivors’ garden and the contemplation pool.
Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, said he was proud to support the memorial and honor church members and the Charleston community.
“The Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation is building a lasting legacy of hope, justice and resilience and we look forward to seeing how their work will transform our society in the years to come,” Walker said in a statement.
As part of its social justice initiatives, the foundation works to create an anti-racism and racial equity program for all ages, to bring together and provide resources that will help bridge inequalities in communities. and to defend equality and justice.
Social justice programs will be launched in 2021.
For more than 80 years, the Ford Foundation, a leading nonprofit organization, has worked to create social change around the world, whether it is to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, or to promote international cooperation.
“This generous grant from the Ford Foundation underscores the organization’s unprecedented support for social justice programs,” said John Darby, CEO of Beach Co. and co-chair of the Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation. “We look forward to working closely with the foundation to improve communities across the country for all Americans, starting right here in South Carolina.”
The Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation has established a fundraising goal of $ 17.5 million to design, build, maintain and protect the memorial.