Fighting for Women's Equality

2017 Champion of Justice: Monique W. Morris

June 7, 2017 | by

Equal Rights Advocates proudly recognizes Monique W. Morris as the 2017 Champion of Justice. This award is given each year to an advocate who has led groundbreaking efforts furthering justice and equality and whose support and partnership have made ERA stronger. Dr. Monique W. Morris has done just that with over three decades of inspiring work centering women and girls of color as leaders and influencers in the movement.

“Equal Rights Advocates is thrilled to honor Monique Morris as our Champion of Justice this year. She has not only inspired our work on behalf of women and girls across the country, she energizes our entire movement with her intellect and passion for gender and racial justice,” said ERA executive director Noreen Farrell.

Monique is an award-winning author and social justice scholar. She is Founder and President of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI), an organization that works to interrupt school-to-confinement pathways for girls, reduce the barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated women, and increase the capacity of organizations working to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence in African American communities. Her work has informed the development and implementation of improved culturally competent and gender-responsive continua of services for youth.

Monique has written and lectured widely on social justice issues, including on ways to improve juvenile justice, educational, and socioeconomic conditions for Black girls, women, and their families. Her nationally acclaimed books include: Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016), Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014), and Too Beautiful for Words (MWM Books, 2012).

Monique is an adjunct associate professor for Saint Mary’s College of California. She has also taught at the University of San Francisco and California State University, Sacramento. Monique is a former Vice President for Economic Programs, Advocacy and Research at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the former Director of Research for the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the UC Berkeley Law School.

“ERA has long been a leader in the committed family working to advance the conditions of women and girls nationwide,” said Monique. “It is an honor to be in community with such warriors for gender justice!”

This award will be given on June 14, 2017 at ERA’s annual gala luncheon.




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