Y’all, I am THRILLED to be in the 2019 class of AtlanticFellows for Racial Equity (AFRE), just announced today!!!!! We’re a cohort of 20 leaders from South Africa and the US who work to create and enact strategies that eliminate anti-blackness and propel true racial equity in the world.
THE BACK STORY: On the last day of 2018, I listed a New Year’s goal of having a bigger positive impact on Black people any/everywhere. My life and career have always been filled with smaller initiatives, however worthy, but I want to go bigger and be braver. Eighteen days later, my brothafriend Michael Smith, head of the My Brother’s Keeper programs at the Obama Foundation, sent me the announcement for AFRE applications. Michael is a member of the inaugural AFRE cohort along with two other people I greatly admire, Alicia Garza and Favianna Rodriguez. Receiving the email reinforced my belief in stating and being open to receive opportunities to pursue one’s intentions. Six months (and lots of nail-biting) later, I’m heading to Johannesburg for our initial cohort meetup!
I love this explanatory quote from the press kit: “[The cohort is comprised of] changemakers collaborating across sectors to transform narratives, institutions, and policies that prop up anti_Black racism – together envisioning a truly liberatory world for Black people everywhere.”
While I am SUPER excited, I also know that this is a stretch goal for me to go beyond my comfort zone, which is largely tied to my introversion (YES, I’m an introvert!). But I owe it to myself and all the people who cleared a path for me to pay it forward. Let’s go!!!
P.S. And yes I HAVE been trying to learn a few words of Zulu!