Pinky Cole owner of the Slutty Vegan Restaurant and Dr. George French President of Clark Atlanta University (CAU) have teamed up to give Rayshard Brooks’ four children full scholarships to go to Clark Atlanta University.
The scholarships are valued at over $600,000 dollars and cover not only full tuition but also meals and housing for all four of his children when the graduate from high school.
“It was without hesitation that we made the decision to partner with our notable alumna and entrepreneur Pinky Cole to help the family and children of Mr. Rayshard Brooks,” Dr. French said.
“The senseless death of Mr. Brooks will undoubtedly have long-term financial effects on the family and these scholarships will not only provide them with a means to access a world-class education but will help them on their pathway of success.”
An Atlanta Police officer shot Brooks in the back outside of a Wendy’s restaurant in southeast Atlanta on June 12.
This incident added fuel to the fire of the growing Black Lives Matter movement and protests currently enveloping the country from coast to coast.
Protests followed as citizens continue to speak out against police brutality and the racial injustice that disproportionately affects black Americans.
“When you lose someone so close to you, there is a level of momentum that is lost because a piece of you is gone. I saw Rayshard’s wife Tomika’s pain, and my heart led me to want to help her and her children,” said Cole a well-known southwest Atlanta businesswoman and Clark Atlanta alumnus.
“Rayshard Brooks could’ve been my brother, my father, or even my significant other. I wanted to remind her that it takes a village and we are a part of her village.”
This generous act mirrors a statement by actor Tyler Perry earlier in the week saying he wanted to pay for the Brooks children college tuition.
Perry hasn’t spoken publicly about his donation but he has also helped the Brooks family out by paying for Brooks’ funeral services that will occur in the next week or so.
The Brooks families attorney Chris Stewart applauded and thanked Tyler Perry during a press conference for his incredibly generous help as they look of answers to the many questions they have about his murder.
“Support like that, people who are actually in the community that love the community that want healing, and families like this should never have to go through something like this. It’s a step forward, and we want to thank him,” the Brooks family attorney Chris Stewart said.
A public viewing for Rayshard Brooks will be held on Monday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church at 407 Auburn Avenue, N.E., in Atlanta. Funeral services will follow on Tuesday afternoon at Ebenezer at 1 p.m. Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock will lead the services.
Brooks leaves behind a wife, three daughters and a stepson, and now they have a means to a post-secondary educational future open to them through CAU, and its rich history of social justice.
This is by no means the first time Pinky Cole has given out scholarships to her community as we’ve reported on multiple times in the past.
The owner of Slutty Vegan clearly has a good heart and a strong connection to her community that we should all aspire to.
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