BMUC Supports the Black Community


Because of your thoughtfulness and love of Christ, BMUC was able to raise $6,288 toward our support of the Black community! As we promised, 50% will go to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and 50% will go to OCCUR in Oakland and their Black Business Relief Fund.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), established in 1987, is one of the largest organizations exclusively representing the Black College Community through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs, and strategic partnerships. It distributes 98% of its assets exclusively to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). Their web site is requesting donations to a COVID-19 HBCU Emergency Fund.

OCCUR, founded in 1954, is an organization in Oakland that “is focused on the economic development of low income-people of color”. Their web site highlights a Black Business Relief Fund to provide relief to businesses affected by ongoing unrest.  Since the beginning of the COVID-19 virus and the shelter in place order, OCCUR has been providing funds to provide micro-grants to small businesses and organizations in Oakland, largely African American.

We know this is unprecedented in the history of our church to make a statement this strongly in support of a cause.  But these are unprecedented times and we hope together we will show our support of the Black community, grow in our faith together, and trust in God.  Thank you for supporting our church in making an impact in the Black community. As the prophet Micah wrote:  “…what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”