We had the good fortune of connecting with Dajai Monae and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dajai, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I started my nonprofit organization I didn’t think about how big it could actually become. I had a goal to help my community with a focus on youth. I knew I was passionate about community relations and improving the literacy in children. What I did from there was made an organization that combined those two focused together and I was successful enough to start a nonprofit.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
-My Name is Dajai Monae and I’m known as a Dallas Activist. I am 2nd Vice President of the biggest social justice organization in Dallas, TX. Social justice is a passion for me for all minorities nationally and internationally. As many people know, minorities are often mistreated and face systemic discrimination and challenges. My goal is to spread awareness to many situations also solutions that could change the system. I do that by educating the community, leading by example such as community outreach, and fighting for justice in many avenues (policy change, protesting, budget reforms, etc) I attended an HBCU in Houston, TX known as Texas Southern University. There I enrolled into a political science course with my favorite professor who happened to be a Houston city council member. In this course we practiced literature but also open discussion forums. Through his course I was educated truthfully and I grew an interest in politics, social change, etc. At that time Sandra Bland’s murder was a hot topic and I took off like fire in the activism role. Funny fact, I never labeled myself as a activist. My followers and friends placed that “title” on me and I just went with it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Dallas is popping!!! There are many things to do in Dallas that’ll have everyone coming back to visit. I would take her/him to victory park, Addison, and deep Ellum. Good food, music and drinks!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have many people to thank for helping me get where I am today. First I would like to thank my college professor Larry Green who taught collegiate courses at Texas Southern University. I would then like to thank my family and friends who pushed me to keep going when I doubted myself. And most importantly my partner who has been there from the beginning and constantly pushes me to grow and challenge myself on different levels.
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