Joe Dayaa graduated from Freedom High School in Tampa, Florida. As Vice President of Café Freedom, he promoted youth literacy by tutoring, organizing book drives, and planning literacy-awareness events. He is pursuing a major in Chemistry (Biochemistry track) with a minor in Medical Anthropology. Dayaa is involved with UNC Dance Marathon. In his first year as a Bonner Leader, Dayaa worked with the Public History project at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center in Chapel Hill’s Northside community; editing and transcribing oral histories and assisting with outreach projects in this historically African-American community. During his second year working with the Northside community, Dayaa will be working with fellow Bonner Blanche Brown to create an online database for these oral histories available for download through the Center’s website. In addition, Dayaa and Brown are creating a library of CD’s containing the oral histories that members of the public will be able to check out from the Center. Dayaa is also contributing articles for the community’s monthly newsletter, “The Northside News”.