Our Model

There are many different definitions of anti-black oppression. At AFRE, we define anti-black oppression as the systemic domination of peoples based on their race, gender, class and abilities for the purpose of centralising power to benefit dominant interests. And we believe that everyone is responsible for dismantling the systems that perpetuate this global phenomenon.

AFRE brings together accomplished individuals from diverse backgrounds to incubate new strategies for addressing, dismantling and transforming the power structures that perpetuate anti-black oppression. The AFRE experience helps Fellows to deepen and sustain their work, and to build connections to drive powerful and transformational change.


I am moved by the ambitions of the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity and the opportunities the programme will create for dynamic thinking and action to address anti-blackness and dismantle structural racism.
— Opal Tometi, Black Lives Matter & Black Alliance for Just Immigration Governing Board Member, Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity

Our Fellowship Programme

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, Black liberation activists in these two countries have learned from and inspired each other to build movements that organize people to achieve full equality. AFRE builds upon this rich history of exchange by creating a space for leaders from both countries to find solutions to end anti-black oppression.

Each year, we recruit 20 high-impact leaders from South Africa and the United States to participate in our 12-month program which fosters knowledge-sharing, relationship-building and collaboration. AFRE Fellows participate in cross-cultural exchanges and engage in a deep dialogue process with other Fellows to support and strengthen their leadership, capacities and understandings. Throughout the year, they explore the origins of structural racism and the mechanisms through which it operates, participate in collaborative vision and strategy-building for societal transformation and engage with different perspectives and approaches for building a just and equitable world. They also receive customised supports, including access to coaching, expert mentoring and media relations support. The fellowship is designed to fuel multi-sectoral and transnational thinking and action through rigorous learning experiences and additional resources to support the initial stages of Fellows’ projects.

Our Fellows receive a stipend of USD $10,000 and are eligible to apply for project support of up to USD $10,000 during their fellowship year.

After graduating from the AFRE programme, Fellows will become members of a global network of Atlantic Senior Fellows convened by the Atlantic Institute based at Rhodes House, Oxford University.

Banner photo: Destiny Arts Center (Othering and Belonging 2017)