Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Okwui Okpokwasili Earn MacArthur ‘Genius’ Awards | Colorlines The minister and multimedia artist feature among several creators, organizers and scholars of color who earned the MacArthur Foundation’s annual honor.



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.