Durrel K. Douglas
Durrel, 30, grew up in Houston's "South Park" neighborhood where he saw firsthand the systemic inequity of our society's infrastructure, education system, and criminal justice system. After a 5-year stint as a prison guard, he dedicated the remainder of his life toward creating a world where fewer people who came from neighborhoods like his ended up behind bars.
He moved to Austin to work at the State Capitol as a legislative aid during the 2011 Legislative Session on bills aimed at reducing recidivism and increasing opportunities for those behind bars upon release.
In 2012 Douglas moved to Dallas where he led a campaign to end the school to prison pipeline by eliminating practices like suspending students in kindergarten.
In 2015 he led a successful grassroots campaign aimed at making the grand jury system in Texas more diverse and inclusive. NEWSCLIP HERE
In 2017, he moved back to Houston where he founded the #ProjectOrange initiative registering eligible voters behind bars at the Harris County Jail.
Durrel has previously served as Chair of the Houston NAACP Community Coordination Committee, on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters-Houston, was a 2013 LWV Rising Star, received the 2017 Black Love Matters award from SEIU Afram-Washington, 40 under 40 Politicos of Houston in 2015 and the 2017 Community Trailblazer Award at the Teamsters National MLK Day Gala.
He lives in Houston where his hobbies include learning to play the upright bass, eating soul food, laughing with friends, and hosting a bi-weekly podcast.
Contact Durrel: firstname.lastname@example.org, 832.857.5737