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Emerson Fellow

Shaka Clark

20th Class, 2013-2014

Field Placement: Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (Detroit, MI)

Shaka conducted community outreach and organized with community members in Detroit’s North End neighborhood to continue the development of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network’s Food Co-op/Grocery store. Shaka researched cooperative grocery models and the possibility of using cooperative economics as a pathway for racial justice.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Co-op Grocery Stores: More than Food |Building a Self- Determined Food Community in Detroit’s North End detailed the necessity of community owned business as an alternative to Detroit’s gentrification and current land grabs. The report also focused on the historical role of black owned food cooperatives as a tool for economic resiliency.

Policy Placement: NETWORK Education Program (Washington, DC)

Shaka assisted in the development of advocacy workshops and educational materials, including the “We the Taxpayers” curriculum for interfaith communities. Shaka also developed a pilot program for college students interested in the intersections of faith and social justice.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Shaka graduated from the University of Virginia in 2013 with degrees in political and social thought, and African American and African Studies. They were a lead organizer for Workers and Students United, an organization that works toward securing living wages for the University of Virginia’s lowest paid employees. Shaka interned with Progressive Maryland where they researched corporate red-lining practices, living wage issues, affordable housing, and health care reform implementation. Shaka also interned at the Victory Institute in Washington, D.C., where they assisted in the planning of Victory Institute’s 2012 Leadership Conference.