Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity Announces 20 Leaders for 2019 Cohort

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity Announces 20 Leaders for 2019 Cohort

NEW YORK, NY — The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE) today announced its second cohort of Atlantic Fellows—20 leaders from across South Africa and the United States who are employing a broad spectrum of strategies to end anti-Black racism in the two countries and to build a more equitable world. As part of the programme, Fellows will receive financial resources and embark on a leadership journey in which they will meet, share, learn from and collaborate with other changemakers from around the world to advance strategies that achieve liberation for Black people.

The 2019 Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity are: 

  • Cedric Brown, chief foundation officer, Kapor Center
  • Jitu Brown, national director, Journey for Justice Alliance
  • Zakiya Carr Johnson, principal, Odara Solutions
  • Busisiwe Dlamini, dialogue practitioner, the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand
  • Betsy Hodges, the 47th mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Regina Holloway, senior program manager, the Policing Project at New York University School of Law
  • Bongiwe Lenga, founding director of the Creative Academy
  • Mitchell Little, executive director, Mayor’s Office of the City of Philadelphia Community Empowerment & Opportunity
  • Dorah Marema, director, GenderCC Southern Africa – Women for Climate Justice
  • Lucky Nhlanhla Mnisi, a marine ecologist
  • Koketso Moeti, founding executive director,
  • Constance Mogale, national coordinator, Rural Democracy Trust
  • Elana Needle, director, Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative
  • Wilneida Negron, strategic advisor, Ford Foundation
  • Lovelyn Nwadeyi, founder and director, L&N Advisors
  • Tess Nolizwe Peacock, lawyer and early childhood development advocate
  • Kelvin Sauls, a community organiser and former senior pastor of Holman United Methodist Church
  • Devon Simmons, global ambassador for education programs and research assistant, Incarceration Nations Network
  • Dylan Valley, award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator
  • Deloris Wilson, head of strategy and operations, BEACON: The D.C. Women Founders Initiative

“Anti-Black racism continues to undermine the possibilities for a more just, equitable and compassionate world,” said Kavitha Mediratta, PhD, executive director of the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity programme. “It’s critical that we support the professional and personal development of the leaders driving systemic change and provide a space where they can foster collaborations to make real and lasting impact. Across South Africa and the United States, racial equity leaders are leveraging their scholarship, art and activism to dismantle anti-Black racism, and we are proud to have 20 of the most impactful leaders as part of our programme this year...

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