Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is donating $50,000 to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP) to fund the new James Weldon Johnson Scholarship.
The fraternity's International President Micheal E. Cristal made the announcement on August 21, during a video interview with NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson.
"As a brotherhood of conscious men actively serving our communities, Phi Beta Sigma's mission is to educate, empower and train the next generation of change agents and community leaders," Cristal said.
"The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a natural partner because of our shared connection to Bro. Johnson's legacy and a commitment to empowering our people to be the change we need in our country. I look forward to working with their team to inspire the next generation of leaders."
The James Weldon Johnson Scholarship is named in honor of James Weldon Johnson, civil rights activist, author of Lift Every Voice and Sing, unofficially known as the "Negro National Anthem," and former Executive Director of the NAACP from 1920 – 1930.