The John Lewis Fellowship
June 3 – 24, 2020
Placing Atlanta’s human rights realities today into the context of the Civil Rights Movement and current grassroots solidarities
Unique in its long commitment to slavery, “The South” has a distinctive role in the making of America. The region also has a richly-layered cultural landscape and is home to vibrant traditions of organized resistance and progressive politics. For all its exceptionalism, the complexities of race, class, culture, and conflict in the American South reflect the very soul of US society. Atlanta, an important Southern battleground of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, is an especially poignant site for contemplating America’s troubled racial past, and importantly, for setting the course toward a redemptive future.
The John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta, in partnership with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, looks at the regional experiences, cultures, and institutions of the American South through a different thematic lens every year. The 2020 Fellowship illuminates strategies of allyship and unified action for advancing social equity and racial justice. Fellows will leave Atlanta better equipped to examine structural oppression and internalized prejudice from different standpoints—and to bring lessons of leadership and coalition-building into their own future professional and activist work.
The John Lewis Fellowship in the News
Organizing the Brooklyn Liberation Protest: A March for Black Trans Lives
Senior Fellow Ianne Fields Stewart was recognized by Out Magazine as one of the organizers and speakers of the Black Trans Lives Matter/Brooklyn Liberation protest that drew over 15,000 individuals.
An Interview with the Founder of The Okra Project
Senior Fellow Ianne Fields Stewart, founder of The Okra Project, discusses how the program combats food insecurity in the Black transgender community with Out Magazine.
The pain of losing civil rights icons in the Trump era
Senior Fellow Brandon Tensley reflects on the impact of losing civil rights leaders during the Trump administration in an article for CNN.
After the month in Atlanta, our Fellows develop impactful Action Projects in their own communities.
For the eleven months following their time in Atlanta, Fellows work on their Action Project: an independent venture focused on promoting democratic values in their own communities. Action Projects are as diverse as Humanity in Action Fellows. Fellows apply their new knowledge and perspectives to the communities they impact—in whatever format they find meaningful. Past Action projects have been documentaries, arts festivals, and new organizations that serve a public good. Planning for the Action Project begins during the study portion of the Fellowship, through workshops and collaborative discussion.
Deconstructing Democracy: U.S. Voter Suppression, Past and Present
Senior Fellows Samantha Keng and River Bunkley hosted a panel on voter suppression in the U.S., past and present, during the heat of the 2016 presidential election.
Bursting Bubbles to Save Black Lives
Senior Fellow Tasneem Maner led a dialogue workshop exploring Black Lives Matter. The twist: the audience was all Muslim. The goal: create ally-ship between minorities.
The NET Mentoring Group
The NET Mentoring Group is uniquely crafted non-profit organization, founded by Senior Fellow Jamal Grant, focused on closing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math achievement and opportunity gap.
Each year, John Lewis Fellows write and share reflective pieces on their experience in the program.
Sharing the Final Presentations of the 2019 John Lewis Fellows
Fellows from the 2019 John Lewis Fellowship create dynamic and beautiful presentations in the form of zines, podcast, playlists and more to share their reflections and learnings from the program.
John Lewis Fellows Reflective Essays 2018
John Lewis Fellows Reflective Essays 2017
Senior Fellows of the John Lewis Fellowship
John Lewis Fellows Read "An Appeal For Human Rights"
Fellowship Partners and Sponsors
We thank our supporters and partners, Senior Fellows and friends of Humanity in Action. These contributions help to prepare outstanding students for a lifelong commitment to civic responsibility and the promotion of human rights.
Become a Fellow
Every year, new Humanity in Action Fellows come together in six cities across Europe and the United States to study how and why people confront intolerance and protect democratic values.
01 Year duration
135 Fellows per year