Humanity in Action's 2018 John Lewis Fellowship

June 18, 2018

The 2018 John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta begins in three weeks. This year's edition will scrutinize the past 50 years since 1968, or "Human Righs Year", as designaed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. What has changed since Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination, the Fair Housing Act and Women's Liberation Movement? Currently, the 26 selected Humanity in Action Fellows –– university students, recent graduates and young professionals –– from seven countries prepare pre-Fellowship assignements before the program officially starts on July 10, 2018. 

                                                                                                  2015 John Lewis Humanity in Action Fellows.
 
Below are the 2018 John Lewis Humanity in Action Fellows in Atlanta:
 
About the Fellowship:
The John Lewis Fellowship is a Humanity in Action Fellowship program in Atlanta, Georgia. In partnership with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., Humanity in Action brings together a group of 26 American and European university students and recent graduates for an intensive program about diversity and civil rights in America. The program honors Congressman John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. 
 
 
In its first two years, the program explored the history of the Civil Rights Movement, diversity and minority rights in Atlanta. In its third year, the John Lewis Fellowship expanded to focus on restorative justice in Atlanta. The four-week inquiry and resulting blueprint for restorative justice involves a multidisciplinary approach. Fellows, speakers and staff produce a blueprint – "An Appeal for Human Rights and Restorative Justice" for the city. The Fellowship's restorative justice framework grounds the program and directs the Fellows’ to address specific, substantive, civil and human rights issues, such as education, public health, urban development, and policing. In 2018, the Fellowship will place a greater emphasis on community engagement and the impact of the fellowship programming on the public at large in Atlanta.
 
The John Lewis Fellows attend discussions with renowned scholars and activists at The Center, visit historical sites around Atlanta and engage in discussions on a range of political and social issues. They also draw upon the immense resources of The Center and contribute to its extensive and innovative outreach initiatives. As part of the program, Fellows produced a set of reflective essays (2016 and 2017), "John Lewis Fellowship Presentations," that explored Atlanta's history and contemporary issues challenging pluralistic societies. More information about the John Lewis Humanity in Action Fellowship in Atlanta can be found here.
 
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