Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Okwui Okpokwasili Earn MacArthur ‘Genius’ Awards

By Sameer Rao Oct 04, 2018

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation honored racial justice activists, thought-provoking artists and other changemakers of color in its annual list of MacArthur fellows today (October 4).

The annual award’s recipients, colloquially known as "geniuses," each receive an award of $625,000 to subsidize their work over five years. Here are just a few of this year’s grantees of color, along with individuals video profiles that the foundation also released today:

Visit or see the foundation’s video announcement for the full list of fellows.