The MacArthur Foundation is known to support creative individuals and productive institutions dedicated to building a more fair, green, and peaceful world. Every year the foundation awards 21 “genius grants” to extraordinary people, who are on track to make significant contributions to our planet. Of those selected 21 recipients, four Black ‘geniuses’ are among the crème de la crème.
Jennifer Eberhardt, Rick Lowe, Steve Coleman and Terrance Hayes will each receive a “no-strings-attached” stipend of $625,000, paid out over the next five years. From the arts to community revitalization to new insights about race imagery and judgments, each individual is on the cusp of greatness.
All four individuals have worked tirelessly in their respected fields. Coleman, an alto saxophonist and composer, established M-Base Concepts, Inc., which provides a supportive environment for musical experimentation and original performance. Eberhardt, a social psychologist and a graduate of Harvard University, works with law enforcement agencies to create interventions that will help improve policing and aid in building and maintaining trust with the communities they serve. Lowe, a trained painter, founded Project Row Houses (PRH), which helps rebuild struggling Black communities. Last but certainly not least, Hayes, a poet and savvy wordsmith, uses his love for poetry to tackle social issues such as race and gender.
In their own way, as stated in the press release, “Together, they expand our view of what is possible, and they inspire us to apply our own talents and imagination.”
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