My life's passion has been to make the world fairer and more equitable, to empower people and communities to change their world around them and use the law and my experience to effectuate these changes.
I am a Ann Arbor, Michigan native where I was educated in the city's public schools. Growing up in the historically black community of Ann Arbor, I was surrounded by a community that empowered its young people to work hard and make their family and communities proud. I am an alumna of two Historically Black Universities (HBCUs): South Carolina State University (Bachelor's of Science in Nursing) and Howard University (Juris Doctor) where I was able to cultivate a passion for civil rights and social justice as collegiate president of the NAACP. There was fortunate enough to travel the country to meet and be inspired by some of the 20th Century's civil rights titans including Hon. Julian Bond, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Mrs. Myrlie Evers, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Hon. Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks, and so many others. I became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at SC State, where I began my service as Social Action Chair and Parliamentarian.
I've worked for a hospital system, the largest and most historic civil rights organization, and for State government. In all three, working to ensure each person that I encountered had what they needed to be their best selves, working to create or amend policies created a more equitable community, and worked with attorneys to file cases and press that unfair and discriminatory laws be taken down, and justice prevail where injustice had been the rule.
In 2014, I co-authored an article entitled Returning Citizens: How Shifting Law and Policy in Maryland Will Help Citizens Who Return from Incarceration in the University of Baltimore Law School’s Law Forum. I've also written op-eds and columns for The Root Magazine. I've spoken or been on panels discussing civil rights, voting rights, ethics, Census and Redistricting and similar topics before the Federal Bar, National Bar, American Bar Associations, NAACP, National Urban League, National Pan Hellenic Council, United States Commission on Civil Rights, and others.
I'm grateful to have been recognized by my peers and alma maters in the following ways: the 2022 South Carolina State University National Alumni Association's Trailblazer Award, 2021 Inaugural South Carolina State University Top 40 Under 40 Alumni Award, 2019 National Bar Association Equal Justice Awardee (one of the organization's highest awards); 2016 National Bar Association Top 40 under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates Award; 2016 Young Alumni of the Year, Washington, D.C. Chapter, South Carolina State National Alumni Association; 2015 NAACP Youth and College Division Director’s Award; and 2014 National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Chair’s Award.