Dismantling Anti-Black Racism to Advance Fairer, Healthier and More Inclusive Societies
South Africa | United States
Our final grants to promote racial equity aim to dismantle anti-black racism. Our goal is to ensure that all people in the United States and South Africa—two countries with deep and enduring legacies of racial exclusion and discrimination—have a fair chance at success.
In 2016, Atlantic—in partnership with Columbia University and the Nelson Mandela Foundation—launched the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity. Over the next decade, the program will build an enduring transnational network of leaders across issues, approaches, and geographies to challenge anti-Black racism and build the institutions, policies and narratives for a more equitable future.
South Africa and the United States are connected by a shared history of power structures exploiting people based on their race, gender, class and ability. Over the last two centuries, activists working for Black liberation in these two countries have learned from and inspired each other to build movements that organize people to achieve full equality.
The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity builds upon—and reinvigorates—this history of exchange by creating a space for leaders from both countries to come together to explore, imagine, experiment and build long-term solutions for impactful change. The progam culminates the Atlantic Philanthropies’ funding in South Africa and the United States, and its deep historical commitment to advancing equity in these countries.
Banner photo: Asanda Benya and Stha Yeni, Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity. Photo: Susan Wilcox.
Our final grants build on earlier work in the U.S. and South Africa to challenge inequality and increase opportunities for communities of color.
School Discipline Reform
Atlantic launched an initiative to end unfair school discipline policies and keep vulnerable children in school and on track to graduation and college.
Race & Criminal Justice Reform
One in three black men can expect to spend time in prison. We've supported efforts to reduce racial inequality in the criminal justice system.
Immigration & Migration
We've supported groups advocating for reform and working to build opportunity, provide hope and promote dignity for millions.
Poverty, discrimination and lack of access to high-quality educational opportunities and healthcare hurt young people’s chances of future success. Community schools can help overcome those barriers.
Health System Reform
Universal health insurance is key to helping improve the well-being of low-income people and people of color.
Delivering on Democracy
Atlantic supported activists working to ensure that post-apartheid South Africa delivered on the rights and protections promised in the country’s new constitution.
Atlantic’s investments addressed factors affecting the health of a country’s population, including supporting quality training of medical personnel and encouraging supportive government policies.