Alphonse Fletcher announces Fletcher Fellows

Alphonse Fletcher announces Fletcher Fellows

Alphonse Fletcher Jr. chairman and CEO of Fletcher Asset Management, Inc., has announced the selection of the first Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellows.

Each of the 12 Fletcher Fellows will receive a stipend of $50,000 for work that contributes to improving race relations in American society and furthers the broad social goals of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954.

On the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education last year, Fletcher announced a campaign in which he, his company and foundations will donate millions of dollars in support of efforts to close the class divide between the Blacks who have benefited from the successes of the Civil Rights Movement and those who have not (JET, June 7, 2004).

The selection committee for the Fletcher Fellows was chaired by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. DuBois professor of the humanities at Harvard University.

“The committee diligently selected a distinguished class of scholars and artists,” Fletcher said. “Thoughtfully examining the past and the present, this class will provoke significant questions related to the new American experience.”

The Fletcher Fellows and their projects are:

* ELIZABETH ALEXANDER, associate professor (adjunct) of African-American Studies, Yale University: Into a Light Both Brilliant and Unseen: Post Civil Rights African-American Poetry and Poetics.

* KATHLEEN CLEAVER, senior lecturer in African American Studies, Yale University: Memories of Love and War (memoir).

* DEVON CARBADO, professor of law and African-American Studies, UCLA: Working Identity, a legal theoretical examination of the legacy of Brown in the workplace.

* STANLEY CROUCH, critic and writer: new essays and fiction on American racial culture.

* ROLAND FRYER, Society of Fellows, Harvard University: research related to affirmative action, discrimination and social economics.

* ANITA HILL, professor of law, social policy and women’s studies, Brandeis University: Ending Educational Disparities: A Comprehensive Index for Evaluating Educational Success.

* NINA JABLONSKI, Irvine chair and curator of anthropology, California Academy of Sciences: “Improving the Public Understanding of the Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color.”

* GLENN LIGON, painter/visual artist: “The Shadow,” a major painting cycle and video project based on the Hans Christian Andersen story.

* ARTHUR MITCHELL, founder and artistic director, Dance Theatre of Harlem (two projects): autobiographical document and the formation of an accredited conservatory in partnership with the Manhattan School of Music, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and School of Visual Arts.

* ROBERT P. MOSES, founder, the Algebra Project, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Quality Public School Education as a Civil Right (QECR).

* THOMAS SUGRUE, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn, professor of history and sociology, University of Pennsylvania: Sweet Land of Liberty: The Unfinished Struggle for Racial Equality in the North, 1935-Present

* DEBORAH WILLIS, university professor, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University: Reflections in Black: Black Photographers 1840 to the Present: A Documentary.

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