The 1954 Project is an education philanthropy initiative to fund diverse Black leaders, led by the Black community in partnership with our allies.

Through centering the unique assets and deep reservoir of talent existent in the Black community, ALL students will benefit and flourish.

Our Mission

We seek to radically redesign how philanthropy connects with diverse Black leaders in education by providing those leaders with ample, flexible support.



Watch the 1954 in action on a recent informational Webinar

Our informational webinar that took place on August 4th, that provided information about our second annual Luminary selection process!

Our Founding Executive Director of The 1954 Project, Acasia Wilson Feinberg shared about the work at 1954 and provided details about what it means to be a Luminary.


We are The 1954 Project.  Together with our allies, we invest in initiatives that will increase the number of Black educators and leaders throughout the education landscape; that will create more effective and culturally affirming teaching and learning models; and that will strengthen pathways from education to career in order to drive economic mobility in the Black community.

We come together as a wide and inclusive body to chart a course that creates opportunities for Black education leaders to access the capital, thought partnership, and resources necessary to create deep, positive, and enduring impact.


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