The Howard Rye Institute

(Mayor’s Office Photo by Jeremiah Robinson)

HRI is a nine-month intensive training initiative building tomorrow’s leaders of African descent.

HRI fellows learn:

  1. the importance of history and how it relates to issues communities face today;
  2. develop an understanding of how institutions work and the politics behind them;
  3. develop the political and economic thinking that goes into issues and system impacting our community.

In developing the next generation of civic and political leaders, HRI uses experts and prominent leaders from universities, unions, government, business and nonprofits as trainers, speakers, and mentors.

“HRI made me aware of the concept of ‘white saviors’ and the irony that they manage to keep people of color in their place while attempting to ‘save’ us. These nonprofits are disproportionally funded by foundations that cherry pick which issues they think are important for us, while we are relegated to window-dressing.”- Antionetta Kelley, 2013 HRI Fellow

2018 Fellows