The 2023 Frederick Douglass Global Fellows will embark on a three-continent global journey of discovery that will take them to Washington, D.C., Cape Town, Dublin, and Belfast for a comparative study of the social justice leaders instrumental in building historic bridges to peace, including Americans Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, South Africans Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Irishmen Daniel O’Connell and John Hume.
The program pays tribute to Frederick Douglass’ transformative experience visiting Ireland more than 175 years ago. During his travel abroad, Douglass was embraced by the Irish people and met the famous Irish reformer Daniel O’Connell who expanded Douglass’ view of social injustice and influenced his style of agitating for positive social change through non-violent social and political efforts. The Government of Ireland is again sponsoring the 2023 Fellows in celebration of this historic meeting and Ireland’s commitment to social justice and peace building.
The 2023 fellowship covers all program costs and airfare for 12 exceptional student leaders of color who will be selected based on their demonstrated commitment to nurturing positive change in our world, their ability to rise above adversity and advance good, and their commitment to building bridges to those with different viewpoints.
The program will run July 7 – August 4, 2023, with the first week taught virtually and the next three weeks taught on-site. Applications will open December 1, 2022.