Dr. Monekka Munroe is a Florida native, born in Quincy, FL (Gadsden County) and raised in Gainesville, FL (Alachua County). She earned both bachelor and master’s degrees from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Her doctorate degree was attained from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Monekka is a university professor, Early Childhood Trauma expert, and published author. Her current research interests include childhood trauma’s impact on the left cerebral hemispheric brain development. Adding to this body of research, she’s penned a chapter in the criminal justice textbook, The Disparate Treatment of Black Youth in the Juvenile Justice System.
Chapter 14, The Acceptance of Rape Culture and Sexual Violence Against Black Girls in Athletics and Entertainment, was written to bring an awareness to an issue that she describes as often overlooked, disrespected, and dismissed. The purpose of the chapter is to educate readers about the many atrocities that cause “Black Girl Magic” to be hidden behind walls of guilt, shame, self-doubt, and in some cases, addiction, and incarceration.
In 2016, Monekka was selected as a TED Talk presenter, where she confidently stood in the center of the famous red circle and discussed “Criminal Injustice.” To an audience of over 800 attendees, she bravely told the story of how her life journey led to a vast interest in the criminal justice system.
Outside of academia, she has written multiple books hoping to encourage, inspire, and support Black women as they endure various life events while trying to find psychological and spiritual peace. As she continues to raise her voice as a fierce advocate for Black men, women, and children around the globe, her silent prayer is for them to discover their place on this earth, secure that space, and unapologetically find the courage to live.
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