LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The Justice League of Greater Lansing was founded in 2021, in an effort to close the racial wealth gap caused by the nation’s legacy of slavery.
The group seeks to make connections between faith and racial justice in the form of reparations.
On Sunday morning, during the weekly service at First Presbyterian Church of Lansing, church leaders delivered the second and final installment of the church’s donation. Total reparation funds donated by the church to the Justice League: $100,000.
This is the same church you may have seen at the state Capitol on June 16, offering a formal apology for the nation’s historic enslavement of African Americans.
“Because African Americans do not have generational wealth in this country, it is difficult to have housing, even…[and] Housing, in general, is how families pass on their wealth,” said Willye Bryan, founder of the Justice League of Greater Lansing.
Most members of First Presbyterian Church are happy with where the money is going, but one member said he still has questions.
“It seems more like, ‘This is what we’re doing; here’s the money we’re contributing, but we don’t really know where that money goes and what it’s used for, and then what can we do besides just donating money,’” said Tori Tyler, senior section. leader of the First Presbyterian Church.
Prince Solace, president of the Justice League, said an advisory board, made up of African Americans from the Lansing community, will administer the funds. The exact schedule and details are still unknown.
“They are working, as we speak, on how the $50,000 will be allocated this summer,” Solace said. “So that portal will open; I don’t have the date straight in my head, but we’re talking about February or April.”
The Justice League of Greater Lansing has invited 6 News to speak with its advisory board to discuss more about the use of reparation funds. 6 News will update the story with more details.