June 4th, 2017 was acknowledged as “Stillman College Sunday” with local churches hoping to raise $100,000 to keep Stillman doors open. Stillman College was originally founded as a school of ministry for colored men back in 1876 when the university was named Stillman Institute. Even now, the incoming freshmen are required to attend 12 hours of biblical studies. Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, Reverend Schmitt Moore says, “it was the churches’ responsibility to help out Stillman because of its religious background.” The contribution of local churches and religious organizations in the Tuscaloosa and Alabama area will help bring together churches and their surrounding communities.
The city of Tuscaloosa provided Stillman with a $1.05 million bank loan that the university has recently paid off, but still suffering financial problems. Back in March, the interim president Cynthia Warrick asked faculty to donate a “month’s salary to assist with the debt” “month’s salary to assist with the debt” and alumni to donate money to cover the loan payment for April. With the help from local churches, alumni, faculty, and the surrounding communities, Stillman College will be able to get through this financial hardship without borrowing any money.
Below are all of the churches, religious groups, and organizations that are assisting with the fundraising for Stillman College:
New Antioch Bethlehem Baptist District Association
Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church
Tuscaloosa-Bessemer District AME Zion Church
Church of the Lord Jesus Christ
Tuscaloosa County Ministerial Alliance
Tuscaloosa Prayer Network
Birmingham/Florence/Tuscaloosa District of the AME Church.
If you would like to contribute, you may send any check donations to Stillman College at the Office of Institutional Advancement at 3601 Stillman Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.
What are you doing? Anything helps!!
Originally blogged on Campus Lately!