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Nicholas Richards

“Each of us is born into the world to do something unique and distinctive; and, if you don't do it, it will never be done.”
— Benjamin Mays
Nicholas Richards An Introduction


  • NBC Nightly News

    NBC Nightly News

    Rev. Nicholas Richards discusses the history of the Abyssinian Church and the origins of the Abyssinian fund, which was founded to reduce poverty in Ethiopia.
  • FOX News Latino

    FOX News Latino

    In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Rev. Nicholas Richards joins Fox News Latino to discuss King's legacy, the issues still affecting people of color in this country and a plan of action for tackling those challenges.
  • ABC What Would You Do?

    ABC What Would You Do?

    With more than 5 million clicks in just over a month, Rev. Richards is featured in ABC's What Would You Do, defending an interracial couple facing criticism.
  • Albany tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Albany tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Draws Thousands

    Rev. Nicholas Richards delivers the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speech "My New York". Read more...

  • Historic Harlem Church Reacts to Zimmerman Verdict

    BY DONOVAN X. RAMSEY • JULY 15, 2013

    In the wake of the George Zimmerman acquittal, Rev. Richards comments on faith in the context of American race relations. Read more...
  • Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem Lays Hands on Ethiopian Village


    Rev. Richards discusses the economic impact of the Abyssinian Fund’s work with Ethiopian coffee farmers from the lens of the Harlem community. Read more...
  • Abyssinian Pastor's New Fund Helps Lift Ethiopian Java Farmers Out of Poverty


    The New York Daily News features Rev. Richards' work with The Abyssinian Fund and discusses the value of an often overlooked Ethiopian coffee industry. Read more...
  • A Gift in Harlem Helps Farmers in Africa


    The Wall Street Journal covers a benefactor's real estate gift to the Abyssinian Fund that helps to fuel its work abroad. Read more...
  • Harlem Helps Raise Coffee in Ethiopia

    BY TRYMAINE LEE • JULY 26, 2010

    In an insightful piece, Rev. Richards' discusses the history of Abyssinian Baptist church as the inspiration behind his work in Ethiopia and the launch of the Abyssinian Fund. Read more...
  • Writings

    Nicholas Richards is an ongoing contributer to The Huffington Post. Read more...


Words of Support

“In steering the mission of the Abyssinian Fund, Rev. Richards does not give out money. Instead, he has a vision of training coffee farmers to improve past substandard coffee bean growing, processing, harvesting habits and practices. As a result, these farmers are now able to command a higher market price for their coffee beans. In effect, Rev. Richards has given these farmers a ‘hand up’ rather than a ‘hand out’ and their training lasts for a life time.

“Because of his visionary and creative work as a social entrepreneur, the Andrew Goodman Foundation was honored to include Rev. Nicholas Richards as one of the Foundation’s Hidden Heroes— ordinary people who do extraordinary things by taking action to create a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.”
— David Goodman, The Andrew Goodman Foundation