05 Feb MCJ Receives Grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Advance Racial and Economic Justice in Mississippi
Mississippi Center for Justice Receives Grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Advance Racial and Economic Justice in Mississippi
Jackson, MS – Mississippi Center for Justice received a 3-year, $1.3 million grant to continue its mission to strengthen social, racial, and economic justice in Mississippi by dismantling the systems that strip opportunity away from lower-income Mississippians and by developing strategies that combat discrimination and poverty.
The grant provides operational support for MCJ’s work to advance justice in Mississippi through its dedicated legal and advocacy campaigns centered around healthcare, fair housing, consumer protection, education, immigration, disaster recovery, and impact litigation.
“This generous grant by the Kellogg Foundation will provide MCJ with the support we need to fulfill our promise to the people of Mississippi,” says MCJ President and CEO Vangela M. Wade. “The importance of partnerships with mission-driven institutions like the Kellogg Foundation cannot be overstated. WKKF stands shoulder-to-shoulder with MCJ throughout our ongoing fight against the systems responsible for economic and racial injustice in Mississippi.”
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is a core supporter of Mississippi Center for Justice’s unique role as both boots-on-the-ground advocates who assist struggling Mississippians every day, and creative policy specialists who use litigation to shape systemic changes to Mississippi law. This grant helps Mississippians by providing access to healthcare, preventing evictions, stopping consumer fraud, opening fair lines of credit, halting deportations, and fighting unjust laws and policies.
About Mississippi Center for Justice:
Mississippi Center for Justice is a statewide, nonprofit legal and policy organization that advances racial and economic justice through systemic change. The Center works with a broad range of national and local partners to secure better futures for low-wealth Mississippians and communities of color through advocacy campaigns in the areas of immigration, health, housing, consumer protection, voting rights, and disaster recovery. For more information, visit www.mscenterforjustice.org.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation:
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special attention is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, WKKF priority places are Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.