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1999 NCC News Archives

Kirk Franklin Presents $250,000 to NCC Burned Churches Project

May 12, 1999, NEW YORK CITY -- Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin on April 30 presented a $250,000 check to the Burned Churches Fund of the National Council of Churches (NCC). The check – a gift from Mr. Franklin, Gospo Centric and Interscope Records – is drawn on profits from the album The Nu Nation Project, released last September.

Mr. Franklin presented the check to the Rev. Dr. Staccato Powell, NCC Deputy General Secretary/Executive Director for National Ministries, on the red carpet outside Madison Square Garden just before the celebrity arrivals for the taping of the 1999 Essence Awards.

That evening, during the awards ceremonies themselves (set for national broadcast June 2 over the Fox Television network), Mr. Franklin – a multi-platinum recording artist and 1999 Essence Award honoree – praised the Council's Burned Churches Project. The NCC called the world's attention to the church burnings epidemic, has helped more than 150 churches to rebuild and is working to address the causes underlying these attacks on houses of worship.

The Nu Nation Project has teamed up with General Mills' Honey Nut Cheerios to benefit the NCC's Burned Churches Project. The 60-city 1999 Kirk Franklin Nu Nation tour is selling out concert halls and arenas along the way.

Honey Nut Cheerios is offering a $5.99 sampler CD on the back of Nu Nation tour cereal packages, now available in stores. One dollar from each CD purchase will be donated to the NCC's Burned Churches Project.

"Tragically, churches continue to burn," Dr. Powell commented. "But church burnings are no longer in the national spotlight, so raising money to help them is harder. We know of at least 20 churches that need help right now, so this contribution comes at a most opportune moment."

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