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KAMAU   CLARK

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Creative , Community Organizer

"get on the floor and grab crayons"

Detroit born and raised, Kamau is a product of blackness and community--two pillars that have remained present in his work. With mentorship and community engagement as his focal points, he draws upon what has been invested into him to elevate black thought and black people's stake in communities. Mentorship requires both investment and a connection with our younger, more ambitious self. That is to say, in order to paint the picture we wish to see, it is important to get on the floor and grab crayons!

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Kamau Clark is a graduate of Wayne State University with a major in Urban Studies. He is a co-founder of The Brotherhood and a peer-mentor for Warrior VIP. Kamau was also a recipient of the Corvias Endowed Scholarship.

Kamau has worked for SMASH Wayne State and Eastside Community Network in programs that aim at establishing better outcomes for multicultural students. Kamau also interned at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Detroit satellite office where he assisted in both office needs and communications with foundation grantees.

Kamau is also a musician and art-organizer who has played at Dally in the Alley, the Music Hall, El Club, and MORFLO Festival.

 

Kamau also serves as a precinct delegate for the 34th precinct of Wayne County.

 

Through his interests, Kamau lives by the expression “get on the floor and grab crayons”. That is to say, Kamau is about getting involved when you see something you’d like to create. With this idea in mind, Kamau would like to work as an organizer, educator, and content creator aimed at creating more equitable spaces for black people.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, Summer 2020, Major GPA: 3.18

Wayne State University

Graduation, June 2016

University of Detroit Jesuit High School

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Intern, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Detroit, MI June 2017- December 2017

  • Peer Mentor & Professional Temporary for Warrior VIP @ Wayne State University Detroit, MI September 2017 to February 2021

  • Residential Advisor & Instructor,  SMASH Academy Detroit, MI June 2018 to Present

  • Research Assistant,  Glidepath Strategies, Detroit, MI June 2020- Present

  • Southeast Michigan Organizer,  We The People MI, November 2020- Present

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Downtown Boxing Gym September 2017 to December 2018

  • Tutored primary school students

Sandra Bucciero for State Representative May to August 2017

  • Canvassed and surveyed community needs for House of Representatives 1st District Candidate Sandra Bucciero

  • Worked primary election polls.

LEADERSHIP ROLES

Precinct Delegate, 34th Precinct of Wayne County

  • Aided registered voters in securing absentee ballots and voting information

  • Assisted legal age citizens in registering to vote in the state of Michigan. 

Vice President and Founder: The Brotherhood

  • Helped form academic, social, and professional programming for multicultural men at Wayne State University. 

  • Helped coordinate an Annual Speaker Series to allow black students the opportunity to network with black professionals

  • Served as an ambassador to not only the Brotherhood but other multicultural student organizations on campus. 

  • Helped in coordinating financial literacy workshops for multicultural students. 

SCHOLARLY ACHIEVEMENT

  • Co-Presenter at the 15th Annual Black Male Summit (along with Kamali Clora and Miles Reuben) (canceled due to COVID-19)

  • Dennis Archer Foundation Scholarship, 2019 to 2020 

  • Corvias Endowed Scholarship Recipient, 2018 to 2019

  • UofD Jesuit Black Awareness Society for Education Honored Alumni. February 2019

© 2020 Kamau J. Clark