The Freedomways Reporting Project is a fellowship program for journalists and storytellers in the U.S. South whose work serves to advance justice. In an effort to strengthen journalism driven by people who are building power within marginalized and oppressed communities, the program prioritizes women of color and LGBTQ people of color as participants.

We named this program in homage to the journal Freedomways, which published the work of journalists, artists, thinkers, and organizers who were integral to the Black freedom movement from 1961 until 1985. Over nine months, Freedomways fellows receive mentorship and technical support to produce a series of stories that are rooted in relationships with social movements and communities on the frontlines of struggle.

We inaugurated the first Freedomways cohort from June 2019 through February 2020. Fellows produced a series of stories that are rooted in relationships with social movements and communities on the frontlines of struggle.


Clarissa Brooks, Aminata Traore, and DaLyah Jones at the Southern Movement Assembly in Hazelhurst, MS

Freedomways Stories 2019-2020 

 

Clarissa Brooks

Cyntoia Brown Is Getting Back The Childhood She & So Many Young Black Girls Never Had

Alexis Crawford’s Untimely Death Exposes the Systems That Failed Her

 

Rebecca Centeno

What the Border Patrol doesn’t want you to know about their abuses

We can’t obtain immigration justice in a world of borders and nations

 

Jonece “Starr” Dunigan

Slavery hard to teach in ‘Cotton State’ of Alabama, elementary educators say

Alabama’s black history runs deep, but some students skim the surface

How a school’s 1st black history celebration empowered Jefferson County students

 

Antoinette Kerr

Families demand justice for Rhonda Jones, other murdered indigenous women

North Carolina officials are ignoring a crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women

 

Denechia Powell-Twagirumukiza

Georgia Is Funneling Millions of Dollars to Fake Abortion Clinics

How Georgia’s Blocked 6-Week Abortion Ban Is Already Affecting Clinics

 

Aminata Traore-Morris

The need for Gullah Geechee history in our schools

 


Freedomways 2019-2020 cohort

Fellows

Clarissa Brooks

Rebecca Centeno

Jen Deerinwater

Jonece Starr Dunigan

DaLyah Jones

Antoinette Kerr

Denechia Powell-Twagirumukiza

Aminata Traore-Morris

Mentors

Ko Bragg

Dr. Cynthia Greenlee

Tina Vasquez