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Danielle Berry

Role: Advocacy and Communications Intern
Organization: The Education Trust
Workmate: Nia Daniels

"The possibility of creating a better world for others in the way that my parents provided me motivates me."

Danielle Berry is from Harlem, New York. She attends South Carolina State University where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English education. Before attending South Carolina State University, Danielle served as an Americorps member for City Year Columbia where she worked with fifth- and sixth-graders as a peer mentor and tutor. This encouraged her to pursue a career in education. Danielle is a 2020 Walton K-12 education fellow. While at South Carolina State University, she works in the Student Success and Retention Program and assists students as a resident assistant. In addition to school, she serves her country as an airman in the United States Air Force. Danielle lives in Beaufort, SC, and enjoys reading and debating.




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Eilaf FarajAllah

Role: Program Intern
Organization: Black Women's Health Imperative
Workmate: ViaFaith McCullough

"Community is important to me because Africans and African Americans know that those who have no roots cannot grow. Community reminds you of who you are when you forget and why you should keep faith when you are about to lose it."

Eilaf FarajAllah is from Khartoum, Sudan by way of Denver, Colorado. She is a Master’s student at the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) earning a Master’s in Religion, Culture and Literature. She chose it because she believes that religion is a story and stories can be a religion. At HDS, she is a part of the Muslim Student Association and an active member of the HDS Choir where she often has the pleasure of remixing and reciting Sufi chants with rap, trap, and spoken word. She has not engaged in a community-building project which is why HABA is such an important and exciting experience for her. She lives in Boston and enjoys reading historical fiction, writing poetry, and riding her bicycle.




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Lailah Spicer

Role: Advocacy and Program Evaluation Intern
Organization: ArchCity Defenders
Workmate: Marianna Mitchell

"Black advancement means honoring and recognizing the accomplishments of Black individuals in spite of all of the obstacles faced."

Lailah Spicer is from Monrovia, California, and has been a lifelong volunteer with various organizations. She strives to make a positive difference in the lives of those that are underrepresented and is a rising junior at Howard University, majoring in political science with a double minor in Spanish and legal communications. At Howard, she has been involved with many campus organizations such as being a deputy chair for the NAACP’s Political Action Committee. She was also a Howard University Student Association senate intern and community service chair for Jewels Incorporated, a campus organization that mentors young girls in the D.C. community. Earlier this year she was fortunate to have an internship with the Orange County Public Defenders Office in Santa Ana, CA where she gained valuable experience in criminal defense law. Lailah’s future goals are to become a civil rights or criminal defense attorney and start a nonprofit that benefits minority youth. In her free time, Lailah enjoys watching Netflix, going to the beach, and reading.




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Marianna Mitchell

Role: Advocacy and Program Evaluation Intern
Organization: ArchCity Defenders
Workmate: Lailah Spicer

"Black advancement means maintaining the village that has raised and carried us through multiple challenges while showcasing the excellence we possess to the world."

Marianna Mitchell is from Elberton, Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree in criminal justice and political science from Savannah State University. She received her Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina Central University and is currently a 1L at North Carolina Central University School of Law. She chose this course of study because the criminal justice system is continuing to be used as a weapon against Black communities. She chose law not only because only 5% of lawyers are African- American, but because the Black community deserves advocates within the system who understand the challenges that they face every day. During her time at Savannah State and as president of The National Council of Negro Women, Inc., she organized a know-your-rights rally with 100 Black Men of America, Inc. to help Black communities become more informed with the law. She currently lives in Durham, NC and enjoys singing, cooking, and natural hair care.




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Nia Daniels

Role: Advocacy and Communications Intern
Organization: The Education Trust
Workmate: Danielle Berry

"Black advancement means bettering Black people to accomplish and go after their goals in every aspect of life."

Nia Daniels is from Kansas City, Missouri. She is currently a sophomore at Langston University, majoring in broadcast journalism and communications. She worked part-time at a Christian non-profit organization called The Hope Center of Kansas City, where she did a lot of community organizing and events that brought people together and gave them a safe place and environment. She also worked at an afterschool program sharing the gospel and connecting with kids from pre-kindergarten to 4th grade. She is a writing tutor, a member of Women of Purpose, and a part of the National Society of Leadership at Langston University.




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ViaFaith McCullough

Role: Program Intern
Organization: Black Women's Health Imperative
Workmate: Eilaf FarajAllah

"Black advancement means pursuing Black liberation and equipping the Black diaspora with equitable access to life, liberty, and happiness."

ViaFaith McCullough is an advocate of liberation and justice from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She recently graduated from Philander Smith College in May 2021 with a BA in political science. While at Philander Smith College, she served as the student chair of the Panther Pantry and Fresh Market, public relations coordinator of the Political Science Club, Vice-President of the Honors Students Association, S.T.A.R.S. peer success coach, Lina McCord Ambassador, Arkansas UMC Conference student intern, and a social justice institute fellow. In 2018, she served as an arts coordinator at Project Transformation, a reading literacy summer program tasked with increasing the literacy level of K-5 students. In 2020, she interned with Bread for the World as an institute racial equity and hunger intern and as an ethnic young adult intern with the General Board of Church and Society. She enjoys reading, watching indie films, and writing.