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Reckoning: Leveraging Histories of Displacement to Achieve Equity
November 9, @ 12pm – 2pm

Corey Shaw

DC Legacy Project Director at Empower DC

Corey Shaw, Jr is a DC native with lifelong roots in Ward 7. As a graduate of both Anacostia Senior High School and the University of the District of Columbia, Shaw has a passion for comprehending the needs of communities and helping them advocate and mobilize for structural change.

He first got his start working with communities in Washington, DC as the Co-Founder of the Black Broad Branch Project. In his capacity as an oral historian and chair of the policy implementation working committee, Shaw has advocated for reparations for two families whose ancestors were displaced from Chevy Chase, DC in 1928. He continues to support the project, engaging with descendants to mobilize a coalition of scholars, DC residents, and community organizations toward the goal of winning reparation in the forms of Acknowledgement, Compensation, and Education. With the collective efforts of the coalition, the Black Broad Branch Project has succeeded in constructing educational curriculum for 3rd, 6th, and 12th grade students for DC Public Schools, testified before the DC City Council, and presented in many forums ranging from the realm of academia to the United Nations. His passion for reparations drove him to join the African American Redress Network where he continues to assist with local level reparations efforts across the United States as the volunteer Director of Community Engagement and Strategic Planning.

More recently, Corey has joined the staff of Empower DC as the Director of the DC Legacy Project. This new chapter has allowed him to turn his professional focus to using his hometown’s history as a tool in the quest for more just and equitable policy development.