Prominent Black Church in South Carolina May Get Financial Assistance for Renovations from Tom Steyer’s Charity

A large predominantly African American church in South Carolina said it might receive financial assistance for a renovation from a charity overseen by Democratic presidential hopeful Tom Steyer.

Pastor Charles B. Jackson Sr. of Brookland Baptist Church in Columbia mentioned during worship on Sunday that he had applied for a grant from the TomKat Foundation.

If approved, the grant would help with renovations at Lakeview Empowerment Center, where Brookland holds after-school programs, according to The Associated Press.

Kat Taylor, wife of Steyer, explained that any consideration by the foundation to invest in the facility would have to happen after the Democratic South Carolina primary.

“It is the kind of work that Tom and I have historically funded in communities,” she told the AP. “The TomKat Foundation would be happy to consider a proposal after the primary.”

“Our singular focus is on winning the nomination and positioning Tom to be the only candidate who can beat Donald Trump. … We also don’t want to do anything inappropriate, and neither would Pastor Jackson or Brookland Baptist Church want us to do that.”

Last month, Brookland Baptist Church hosted the annual Columbia Urban League Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keeping the Legacy Alive Breakfast, in which Democratic presidential candidates Steyer, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Gov. Deval Patrick, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts were in attendance.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski