The following is the first in a series of articles looking at winners of the inaugural Gula Tech Foundation grant competition, and their efforts to increase African American engagement in cybersecurity.

“DJ” Darold Kelly Jr. knows what it’s like to be jobless and homeless.

With just three months remaining in his senior year at Howard University, Kelly, a young black man, was accused of a crime he did not commit, he told SC Media. He was jailed and expelled from school. And though he was ultimately cleared of the criminal charges, he estimates that he lost out on roughly 30 job offers as a result of the false allegations.

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