Welcome from Congressman John Lewis

In partnership with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., Humanity in Action brings together a group of 30 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. As a capstone project, fellows, speakers and staff produced a blueprint plan for the city, titled “An Appeal for Human Rights and Restorative Justice”. In 2019, the Fellowship will place an even greater emphasis on community engagement with the Atlanta public through this year’s theme, “Grassroots Solidarities: Interrogating the Past and Navigating the Present to Prepare for the Future.”

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 in 2016, Fellows produced a set of reflective essays, “John Lewis Fellowship Presentations,” that explored Atlanta’s history and contemporary issues challenging pluralistic societies.

This program is done in partnership with Humanity in Action

This fellowship is generously sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Southern Civil Rights Tour: Toward Reconciliation, Southern Justice Road Trip, Enslavement, Freedomways, and Human Rights in Savannah, and Gullah/Geechee Life and Community: Cultural Heritage, Land Rights, and Livelihoods.

Fellowship participants will take their learning on-the-road for excursions beyond Atlanta where they will learn about different communities of practice that are growing today’s justice movements. Fellows will learn directly from women and men of color and their allies, who stand up for social and economic equity through education, artistic expression, and advocacy surrounding the issues that most impact their lives. Fellows will also have several opportunities in Atlanta to build personal leadership capacity through service learning and skills workshops. The workshops, which are intended to support the conceptualization and design of fellows’ action projects, include practical training in project planning, campaign development, media production, participatory and applied research, and group/dialogue facilitation.

Events in Atlanta

A lecture with Professor Carol Anderson on the American Civil Rights Movement and International Human Rights.

July 2

Education for Liberation in the African American Tradition
AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library at 10:00 AM
Fellows will visit Atlanta’s West End historic district, a longstanding hub of African American culture, education, and business enterprise. Our panelists will discuss the history of freedom schools, the evolution and promise of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and the emergence and legacy of the Atlanta Student Movement.

July 9

Arts-Based Alliances for Civic Engagement
Gallery 72 at 9:00 AM

In collaboration with Gallery 72, a municipally-owned art gallery run by the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Fellows will participate a day of public dialogues and a workshop examining the generative power of artistic collaborations that shape positive community outcomes.

July 11

Center guests are invited to witness a group theatre street production performance from the John Lewis Fellows as they interpret the power of social justice solidarities.

July 24

Thanks to Humanity in Action and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for partnering and sponsoring this program, respectively.

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