The mission of the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP) is to develop the next generation of leaders by recording, preserving and sharing the stories of extraordinary African American elders – Visionaries -- who transcended barriers, shaped American history and influenced the world.
Co-founded in 2001 by Camille O. Cosby, Ed.D. and Renee Poussaint, NVLP is an innovative educational nonprofit that conducts videotaped oral history interviews with accomplished African American elders. We then share these historic first person accounts through our educational and outreach programs, lesson plans, website and other media. The result is an amazing collection of conversations that show how these elders achieved significant triumphs, overcame personal and historic struggles, and created breakthroughs that paved the way for us all. With interviews conducted by NVLP's co-founders, board members and college fellows, NVLP’s unprecedented archive, which is permanently preserved at the Library of Congress, transforms and creates tomorrow’s leaders, while passing on the richness of the African American heritage and traditions of social change.
What We Believe
- We believe that African American history, culture and tradition have shaped America’s history and society.
- We believe elders and youth are natural resources of each community and their intergenerational connection can create positive social change for all.
- We believe in nurturing confident young leaders who are inspired to create a better world for themselves and others.
- We believe all people should exist in a society that affirms their human dignity, respects their contributions and nurtures their full potential.
Educational and Outreach Programs
- NVLP’s publicly-accessible internet archive of videotaped interviews with legendary African American elders features biographies, personal photographs and video clips.
- A timely series of events, entitled “A Legacy of Change” brings together a panel of NVLP Visionaries with younger, accomplished contemporaries. As the conversationalists delve into the characteristics, qualities and values that shaped their lives, diverse audiences of all ages are engaged in thought-provoking conversations around the pursuit of excellence and positive social change.
- NVLP’s Educational Resources area provides standards-based multimedia lesson plans that feature NVLP Visionaries and topics such as the Civil Rights Movement.
- NVLP’s Facebook page
- NVLP’s YouTube Channel
- Roundtable Discussions/Live Webcasts
- Webisodes (link TBD)
- The Intergenerational Summit on the State of Black America, held at the Library of Congress, brought together students and NVLP’s Visionaries in the humanities, arts and sciences for an awards program and lively discussion of contemporary issues.
- The Wisdom Awards Celebration honored Visionaries in the Performing Arts with tribute performances by young protégés.