Dr. Monique W. Morris was raised in San Francisco, California’s predominantly Black/African-American neighborhoods known as the Filmore and Ingleside Districts. Raised by her single mother she grew up with a strong sense of social justice and, in her majority white high school, she put that sense to practical use. That’s where her social justice advocacy work began.
Dr. Morris, Ed.D. is an author, scholar and social justice advocate with more than 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice. She is the author of the recently released book, Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century. Dr. Morris is a 2012-2013 Soros Justice Fellow; Co-Founder/President of The National Black Women’s Justice Institute; and a Lecturer for St. Mary’s College of California. She is the 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.
Currently Dr. Morris owns her own social advocacy consulting firm, MWM Consulting Group, and serves on the Girls and Gangs Advisory Council for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and as a member of the California Committee on Reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact. Her professional affiliations include the National Association of Professional Women and the National Women’s Studies Association.
In this, Part 1 of our two-part conversation, Dr. Morris talks about her personal and professional background, her passion for social justice and introduces both the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and her new book, Black Stats.
On March 10, 2014 the conversation continues with an in-depth look into her book. She also talks about her work on behalf of young Black/African-American girls and women who suffer disproportionate discipline in our public schools, and how that can lead to criminalization of normal behavior.
For more information about Dr. Morris and her new book, Black Stats: African-Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century visit her webpage www.moniquewmorris.com.
To learn more about the National Black Women’s Justice Institute see their Facebook page.
And to read more about Dr. Morris’ work on the issue of disproportionate discipline among school-age Black/African-American girls and young women visit http://www.yourblackworld.net/2013/09/black-news/dr-monique-morris-describes-disturbing-trends-of-school-to-confinement-for-black-girls/
To listen to and/or download Part 1 of Kathleen’s conversation with Dr. Monique W. Morris click the following link: 3-3-2014 Kathleen Dr. Monique W. Morris
Full audio of Part 2 of Kathleen’s conversation with Dr. Monique W. Morris will be available on this blog on Monday March 10, 2014.