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D’Marria Monday

Oklahoma

D’Marria Monday is leading the progression to Oklahoma. She is a formerly incarcerated woman living in the state that has the highest rate of female incarceration in the nation. Pain is the driving factor used to fuel her purpose of being a voice for the voiceless. D’Marria amplifies her voice to shine light upon the darkness faced in prison, in hope of restoring dignity to incarcerated women. D’Marria’s efforts grew into her organizing a legislative grass-roots campaign to end the shackling of incarcerated women during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. HB 3393 received bipartisan support and became a law in November 2018. D’Marria continues to fight for dignity for incarcerated women.

 D’Marria is the Visionary Founder of Block Builderz, a community led social business that offers solutions that are alternatives to incarceration. She is building on Block Builderz vision of rebuilding a Black Wall Street mindset; building hope block by block. She is a 2018 graduate of Oklahoma State University, with a bachelor’s in Entrepreneurship, and a minor in marketing and management. She is the epitome of a non-traditional student.

The African American Ancestral Society of Tulsa, Dallas, and Houston presented D’Marria with the Black Wall Street Humanitarian Award of 2018 for her dedication and great work for creating the Anti-Shackling House Bill 3393. Lacy Park Community Center Council honored D’Marria as an “Unsung Hero” for her legislative victory. In addition, she was 1 of 66 people out of 100 people chosen to participate in Oklahoma Policy’s, Summer Policy Institute. She is connecting with other Change Makers around the world to help make Oklahoma a better state for all.