MacArthur Foundation

2019 MacArthur Fellows. A diverse group of 26 individuals.

Meet the New Class of MacArthur Fellows

Many of the new “geniuses” are people of color, and the McArthur Foundation says they “give us reason for hope, and they inspire us all to follow our own creative instincts.”

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Foundations Unite to Purchase Ebony and Jet Archives

“This archive is a national treasure and one of tremendous importance to the telling of Black history in America.”

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Study Q&A: Report Examines Dangerous Effects of Pretrial Detention

Colorlines talked to the authors—who hail from Vera Institute of Justice and MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge—about the report’s findings.

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MacArthur Foundation Commits $148 Million to Criminal Justice Reform

The organization’s Safety and Justice Challenge now includes a network of 52 cities and counties creating innovative solutions to reduce over-incarceration.

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Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Okwui Okpokwasili Earn MacArthur 'Genius' Awards

The minister and multimedia artist feature among several creators, organizers and scholars of color who earned the MacArthur Foundation’s annual honor.

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Njideka Crosby, Cristina Jiménez Moreta and More Changemakers of Color Win MacArthur Fellowships

Eleven artists, scholars, organizers and writers of color won MacArthur fellowships—also known as “Genius grants”—to support their work.

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Acclaimed Poet, Rising Graphic Novelist and Native Language Revivalist Among 2016 MacArthur Geniuses of Color

Claudia Rankine, Gene Luen Yang and Daryl Baldwin join several luminaries of color as this year’s awardees for the MacArthur Foundation’s prestigious grants.

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REPORT: Women Are Landing in Local Jails At An Alarming Rate

And those inmates are disproportionately Black and Latinx. A new study explores how incarceration impacts their lives—and their families.

MacArthur Foundation Awards $25 Million in Grants for Justice System Reform

Twenty jurisdictions will receive funding to reduce racial and ethnic disparities and shrink jail populations across the nation.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ta-Nehisi Coates Among 2015 MacArthur Genius Grantees Of Color

Miranda and Coates join Juan Salgado and LaToya Ruby Frazier, among several others, as the people of color awarded with Genius Grants by the MacArthur Foundation.