Black Education

Quarterman & Keller Social Justice Scholarships

Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark Atlanta (HBCU Center) 2022 - 2023 Recipients

The Reparations Project‚Äôs first educational initiative ‚ÄĒ Social Justice Scholarships ‚ÄĒ supports 10 HBCU students at Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark Atlanta in their work toward creating a platform for social change that is undergirded by an anti-racist framework.

Quarterman & Keller Social Justice Scholars at the HBCU Center engage in social justice engagements and activities supported by the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center established at Spelman College under the auspices of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. The Center is directed and managed by the Director of the Social Justice Program, Dr. Cynthia Spence.

The Quarterman & Keller Social Justice Scholars program with Spelman College, Morehouse, and Clark Atlanta supports HBCU scholars as they work toward change.

Among other things, scholars in the program will engage in oral history work and work surrounding descendant families and healing, including an oral history of the Quarterman family, in Port Wentworth and Savannah.

Aiyana C. Edwards

Aiyana Edwards Spelman College


Calvin Bell

Calvin Bell        Morehouse College

Chlo√ę Catrow

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Elizabeth Gowans

Elizabeth Gowans Spelman College

George Pratt

George Pratt    Morehouse College

Julia Hopkins

Julia Hopkins            Clark-Atlanta University

Lesley Yates

Lesley Yates        Spelman College

Neil Grasty

Neil Grasty      Morehouse College

Nia Dillard

Nia Dillard             Spelman College

Rosemarie Louissant

Rosemarie Louissant Spelman College

UC Santa Barbara Quarterman & Keller Racial Justice Scholarship 2023 - 2024 Recipients

 In the 2023 - 2024 academic year, UC Santa Barbara welcomed the second cohort of the Quarterman & Keller Racial Justice Scholarship. These 3 students are scholars who embody the mission of the social sciences and black studies. In pursuit of their degrees, they will ask critical questions for the common good and form touchstones for how we move in our communities. 

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Amaya Davis                                                   Citrus Heights, CA

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Aliyah Carr                                                         Long Beach, CA

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Faith Kingsbury                                                            Rio Linda, CA

Georgia Southern University

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Gullah Geechee Center
Rachal Phillips & Leah Mikell

We are thrilled to have awarded two $2,500 Social Justice Scholarships to Georgia Southern University political science major Rachal Phillips and elementary education major Leah Mikell who are part of the new Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Center at Georgia Southern in Savannah. The students’ research, which will examine the effects of a Eurocentric education system on the Black community and why many Black Americans are not aware of the Gullah Geechee community, respectively, will be presented at Georgia Southern’s Research Symposium in April 2022.


Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Center

Watch Dr. Maxine Bryant from Georgia Southern University discuss the grand opening of the Gullah Geechee Center on local news and then see a clip of the opening itself. We are proud to participate in supporting the Center, Dr. Bryant's work, and the students at Georgia Southern University.

Columbia Law School & Life Re-entry Scholars

Brandon Harris and Sura Sohna

Brandon Harris and Sura Sohna

Brandon Harris and Sura Sohna are childhood friends with a remarkable story of social justice advocacy, determination, and success through education. After working to get Sura released from prison 12 years early, Brandon is beginning his journey at Columbia Law School, where he will be supported by a partial scholarship as a Quarterman & Keller Scholar. After an unexpected early reentry into civilian life, Sura is working to finish his GED and continue with his education as he studies photography and film. Sura will also be supported in his reentry efforts by a partial scholarship as a Quarterman & Keller Scholar. Sura is the first recipient of this type of reentry scholarship from The Reparations Project. We hope to be able to give more.

Congratulations to the 2023 California Bay Area Quarterman & Keller Scholars: Yajaira Beckles, Douglas Adams III, and Faith Cropper.

Other Support of Black Education

Urban Mentoring Academy (Savannah, GA)

The Reparations Project supports Tre Singleton’s Urban Mentoring Academy (UMA) in Savannah which offers courses from Life Skills to Python to Black youth. UMA has partnered with the 1st Aldermanic District of Savannah and its Alderwoman, Councilmen, and School Representative to focus on youth in one area of the City, County, and School District. Their Summer Camp will start the 1st week of June and last for 6 weeks at Moses Jackson Advancement Center. UMA also supports Mr. Mo's Summer Camp on the Eastside of Savannah.

Urban Mentoring Academy Savannah Georgia

Ms. B’s C.R.L.T. Afrofuturism Course (Bay Area, CA)

The Reparations Project supports Sherinda Bryant’s summer Afrofuturism course for elementary and middle school students, created to introduce scholars to the genre of Afrofuturism through literature, STEM and the arts. The basic tenet of this genre is to use the concept of sankofa (go back and get it) to discover the wisdom and knowledge that existed prior to African enslavement and to use these facts to extinguish myths and stereotypes about African-American culture.

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Afrofuturism Discovery 2

"Education creates a voice through which human rights can be claimed and protected.‚ÄĚ ¬†Universal Declaration of Human Rights.¬†