The Memorial Foundation, builders of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, announced today its third Social Justice Fellows Program cohort. The Foundation will engage fifty emerging leaders nationwide through a virtual eight-week curriculum centered around advocacy, community organizing and public policy. Fellows will learn to build a community of support with like-minded leaders, explore high-impact practices that move communities to activism and develop an understanding of leadership for long-term sustainable community change.

The Fellows Program will feature four key components: a distinguished lecture series; a personal learning journey to focus on a key area of interest and practical application; a capstone project focused on building a movement for a current issue at the local, regional or national level; and concluding with a capstone program in Washington, D.C. for an in-person Congressional component of the Fellowship focusing on social justice and public policy. Acclaimed journalist Roland Martin, journalist and communication specialist Jeff Johnson and President and CEO of the National Council of Negro Women Shavon Arline- Bradley will host the distinguished lecture series for the Fellows Program, which will feature dialogue with national leaders including:

  • Tim Wise, American activist and writer
  • Reverend Dr. Freddie D. Haynes III of the Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas and President and CEO of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
  • Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Founder & CEO of Black Futures Lab
  • Wisdom Cole, National Director, NAACP Youth and College Division
  • David ‘Dee-1’ Augustine, award-winning hip hop artist and activist
  • Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, psychologist, professor and preacher

If you are interested in conducting an interview with a Social Justice Fellow, or with a spokesperson from The Memorial Foundation, please contact Reem Iskandar at [email protected].