In 2016, Humanity in Action published a collection of reflections written by the 2016 John Lewis Fellows. In the essays, the Fellows write about their experiences in the John Lewis program, delving into personal aspects of their own identities – such as national, ethnic, gender, racial or religious – and reveal ways in which participation in the program has shaped their personal outlooks and perspectives on democracy and diversity. In the essays, the John Lewis Fellows also provide intellectual and personal responses – reactions and aspirations – in regard to the subjects and speakers presented throughout the program.
These essays focus on the exploration of Atlanta’s history and contemporary social justice issues prevalent in pluralistic societies. These compositions were a requisite component for completion of the 2016 John Lewis Fellowship.
To read, click on each of the essays below or download the booklet here.
Table of Contents
Judith Goldstein, Founder and Executive Director of Humanity in Action
The Fire This Time
It’s Easier to be White in America. How Can We Fix It?
Learning, Unlearning and Being a White Ally
John Lewis Fellowship 2016 | Final Essay
Transformational Read-in(g)s. Reading as a Form of Activism
The Role of ‘Privileged’ Allies in the Struggle for Social Justice
A Letter for Those Who Need Stories and Black Magic
Coalition Building: Foregoing the Idyllic Common Good
Ready for Battle
Joseph Samuel Quisol
Successful Social Movements – A Blueprint
Self-fulfilling Prophecy and Stereotypes
Nelly Niloufar Gordpour