The Memorial Foundation has launched a social-justice program it says is designed to inspire the next generation of civil rights leaders.

The Social Justice Fellows Program will feature a distinguished lecture series and curriculum rooted in democracy, justice, hope and love, the foundation said in a statement.

The eight-week program’s lecture series, which comes under TMF, will be hosted by renowned journalist Roland Martin, and feature dialogue from key national leaders including Marc Lamont Hill, Angela Rye and Dr. Jelani Cobb.

“The challenges of today require a new generation of bold leadership, and there are a host of young leaders ready to carry the mantle,” said TMF President and CEO Harry Johnson Sr. “The Social Justice Fellows Program was created to invest in the development of our future leaders, and encourage the commitment to democracy, justice, hope and love that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. demonstrated in his pursuit for equality.”

The program, which convenes virtually this summer, also includes an intentional learning process that builds on the following themes:

– Building Social Change Movements
– Congressional Engagement
– Media Engagement and Influence
– Power of Narrative & Storytelling Work
– Self-Care in the Midst of the Movement
– Building a Plan for Public Office
– Lessons in Systemic Racism
– Perspectives on Social Justice Movements and Managing Contradiction

Martin, chair of the Social Justice Fellows Program’s distinguished lecture series, said the movement for justice and equality has historically been fueled by the fire and vigor of young leaders.

“I am thrilled to work with the leaders of today’s civil rights movement as they pick up where my generation left off,” he said. “Together, we can achieve Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of an America that is truly free.”

Applications must be submitted by May 31. To learn more about the Social Justice Fellows Program, go to or email David Lewis at

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