About Us

Securing the path to mental and
physical wellness for Black boys.

The Ahmaud Arbery Foundation, established by Wanda Cooper-Jones in 2020, stands as a beacon of hope and resilience in the face of tragedy. Its genesis is rooted in the profound loss of Ahmaud Arbery, a young man whose life was cut short. Ahmaud’s unwavering love for running illuminated the profound connection between physical activity and mental well-being. Through the foundation, we strive to honor Ahmaud’s legacy by creating safe havens where Black boys can experience the joy of running without fear or prejudice.

Ahmaud Arbery’s story serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact physical fitness can have on one’s mental health. His dedication to running was not merely a hobby but a source of solace and strength. It is our firm belief that every individual, regardless of race or background, deserves access to spaces where they can engage in physical activities free from the specter of violence or discrimination. The Ahmaud Arbery Foundation is committed to breaking down barriers and fostering environments where Black boys can thrive both physically and mentally.

As we embark on our mission to create safe spaces for Black boys to run freely, we draw inspiration from Ahmaud’s indomitable spirit. His legacy fuels our determination to effect positive change and ensure that his tragic death is not in vain. Through advocacy, community outreach, and strategic partnerships, we will work tirelessly to realize Ahmaud’s vision of a world where every Black boy can pursue their passion for running without fear or constraint. Together, we will honor Ahmaud’s memory and build a brighter, more equitable future for generations to come.


Turning a moment of hate into
a movement of love.

A mother, advocate, and business professional, Wanda Cooper Jones founded The Ahmaud Arbery Foundation to advance a movement of love, empathy, and equality in her son’s honor.

Her activism has led to the passing of Georgia’s hate crime legislation in 2020 and the repeal of Georgia’s citizen’s arrest law in 2021. By spreading her anti-hate message around the world, Cooper Jones serves as an inspiration of what is possible – even when it is hard.

Sparking change through Ahmaud’s legacy.

Our Board of Directors include committed community members, activists, and proponents of anti-hate. We are driven by the beliefs and values that align us.

Our Beliefs

The Ahmaud Arbery Foundation is driven by the belief that every Black boy deserves safe and accessible spaces to pursue physical fitness and nurture their mental well-being.

Our Values

The Ahmaud Arbery Foundation stands as a beacon of justice, equity, and empowerment, dedicated to creating safe spaces and opportunities for Black youth to thrive.

On the move to advance a movement.

Black boys deserve well-being. Let's make it a reality.

The Ahmaud Arbery Foundation

On a mission to create safe spaces for Black boys to run freely.

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