Community Mini-Grants Program Renamed

In memory and honor of our colleague, friend and dedicated community advocate, Clarence Oliver “Shaheed” DuBois HERCULES will rename the community mini-grants program to The Clarence “Shaheed” DuBois Community Grant Program.

Photo credit: Whitney Flanagan/The Conservation Fund

Shaheed embodied what it meant to be truly engaged in one’s community. His work throughout the years spanned across boundaries, bringing hope, positivity and action to the challenges faced within his community.

With a strong understanding of the unequal distribution of environmental burdens, Shaheed helped shape the Emory-HERCULES Stakeholder Advisory Board through his involvement over the past two years.  Despite the incredible challenges faced within the Atlanta community, Shaheed always discussed the potential for positive change that could result from the SAB’s efforts to build community capacity. His high energy, yet calming presence always kept the conversation positive and productive.

Shaheed was involved in the original development of the community mini-grants program and helped select the first grantees. He has left an incredible legacy that the HERCULES Center and Stakeholder Advisory Board honors through both the memorial naming and an additional grant during the next two years to a local community organization working to address an environmental health concern.