Dajai Monae - Social Justice Is a Passion for Me (Social Activist)



I believe everyone can make a difference within social causes whether it’s small or large. We have the ability to quickly share an article or a post on social media outlets, that’s the biggest platform that many people are educated from. So just by reposting or resharing information is a way you can make a contribution to social causes.

Tell us more about yourself and your life.

I’m known as a Dallas Activist. I am the second 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 in many situations and 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.).


What led you into social activism?

I attended an HBCU in Houston, TX known as Texas Southern University. There I enrolled on a political science course with my favourite professor who happened to be a Houston city council member. In this course, we practised 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 labelled myself as an activist. My followers and friends placed that “title” on me and I just went with it.


What is that one cause you care deeply about and why?

I’m so passionate about social justice, I don’t just have a specific cause that I care deeply about because I care about ALL equally. One that we all can see is a big issue today in society, is police brutality amongst minorities. I believe this has been an ongoing battle for people within the minority community but due to advanced technology we are now able to capture these traumatic events on camera. 

This now gives us the light we need to shed on what’s been happening within the community. The past year I’ve spent protesting in Dallas streets literally every week, almost every day at one point. That’s how frequent these murders are happening in our community.


If one wants to contribute and make a difference in social causes, how can one do it?


I believe everyone can make a difference within social causes whether it’s small or large. We have the ability to quickly share an article or a post on social media outlets, that’s the biggest platform that many people are educated from. So just by reposting or resharing information is a way you can make a contribution to social causes. 

You can also educate yourself more about organizations or community groups that are hands-on within the community. This allows you to be surrounded by people who share the same passion that you do and you can educate yourself more on causes. If you feel you are not ready to join a community group or organization, donate to the organization as a way to show support.


What are some of the challenges and roadblocks you have faced along your journey?

I started my journey so early on in 2017, I can give you a list of challenges and roadblocks I have experienced. I’ve evolved greatly as a person and activist and it amazes me at times. I would say the biggest challenge is to not let what we see daily change our goal or our passion. 

There were times when I felt like we wouldn’t reach our goal because I felt like the same thing we were fighting against was constantly happening and there seemed to be an acceptance to it. Another challenge would be wanting to do so much for the community but not having enough time or resources to help, so it caused frustration amongst myself. I’m always reminded to take it one day at a time and do the best that I can. 

Once you have a passion for something you will take off with it and things will come up that you have to navigate through but they’re all learning experiences.



What is your opinion about social media activism?

I believe that all forms of activism are important. Social media activism would be the trend right now as we’re sitting in a pandemic but I believe the quickest way to spread awareness is social media. That’s how many people stay connected and informed about information. 

I do believe that social media seems to drive the message to officials rather than small protests because it hits national media. So if you are a social media activist, good job to you. Keep posting, keep resharing, keep hashtagging. We need as much attention as possible to drive change.


Which personality or book has had the most influence on your growth?

I am a bookworm so I love reading books. Recently I’ve been busier than ever so I’m trying to adjust to audiobooks but I do not like them much. I have to physically read something to connect and resonate with the material. 

Many books that I have read are liberation books, crime books, and black history books that show statistics amongst communities.


Interviewed by - Divye Satija

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