Humanity in Action and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights Announce the 2015 John Lewis Fellows

June 10, 2015 — Humanity in Action and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. are pleased to announce the names of the 28 recipients of the 2015 John Lewis Fellowship. Click here to read the biographies of the 2015 Fellows.

This inaugural cohort will convene in Atlanta on July 5 for a four-week program about the history and contemporary politics of diversity and minority rights in America. Discussions, seminars and site visits will focus on civil rights, race, Native American issues and immigration in the United States. 

Click here to read the biographies of the 2015 John Lewis Fellows.

Pictured: the 2015 John Lewis Fellows

John Lewis Fellows are selected on a highly competitive basis for their high academic standing, active civic leadership and outstanding recommendations. Humanity in Action received hundreds of applications for the inaugural program. The 28 emerging leaders selected for the John Lewis Fellowship are dynamic, entrepreneurial and passionate about changing the world. 

The 2015 John Lewis Fellows will engage in daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits around The Center, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice relating to diverse societies. Fellows are required to build upon these far-reaching discussions on social issues after the program by producing Action Projects, which grapple with these issues in society. 

Humanity in Action and The Center for Civil and Human Rights developed the John Lewis Fellowship to promote dialogue on some of today’s most pressing social issues. The John Lewis Fellowship aims to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The program is also intended to instill a responsibility among Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world. The fellowship honors U.S. Representative John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement.

2015 John Lewis Fellows 

Aleksandra Leniarska (University of Warsaw) 
Antonio Lopez (Duke University) 
Ayah Abo-Basha (Washington University in St. Louis) 
Bill De La Rosa (Bowdoin College) 
Catherina Juel (University of Copenhagen) 
Dafni Basta (Athens University School of Medicine) 
Devon Crawford (Morehouse College) 
Erica Sterling (Emory University) 
Gwen Gruner-Widding (University of Copenhagen) 
Heather Menefee (Northwestern University) 
Jamal Grant (University of Massachusetts Lowell) 
Jenna Baron (University of Pittsburgh) 
Lamija Grbic' (Emory University) 
Lauren Anderson (University of Georgia) 
Maciej Kuziemski (University of Warsaw) 
Mahamed Omar (Emory University) 
Marko Barišić (University of Zadar) 
Max Mauerman (The Ohio State University) 
Michael Nishimura (Vassar College) 
Mohamed Taguine (Sciences Po Paris) 
Nikita Perumal (Columbia University) 
René Kreichauf (Universität Wien) 
Sagiv Galai (Bard College) 
Sharon Villagran (University of California, Los Angeles) 
Summer Awad (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) 
Tasniem Anwar (University of Amsterdam) 
Victoria Allen (University of Louisville) 
Zvijezdana Marković (University of Banja Luka)

About Humanity in Action

Humanity in Action is an international organization that educates, inspires and connects a network of university students and young professional committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship in their own communities and around the world. Humanity in Action’s network of leaders is a valuable resource to policy makers, diplomats, educators and civic-minded individuals. Continuing in its 17th year, the organization connects professional working in all sectors, on a range of critical issues, in countries around the world. Humanity in Action is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with governing and advisory boards in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United States. The organization’s headquarters is in New York City. For more information, visit

About The Center for Civil and Human Rights

The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects The American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. The Center features a continuously rotating exhibition from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, which includes many of Dr. King’s documents and personal items. Visitors will be immersed in experiential exhibits through powerful and authentic stories, historic documents, compelling artifacts and interactive activities. The Center is a source for ongoing dialogue–hosting educational forums and attracting world renowned speakers and artists who work on a variety of human rights topics. For more information, visit


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