Meghan Matt is an activist, speaker and storyteller. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminology from Louisiana State University and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate at the Southern University Law Center. Meghan has completed two series through the esteemed Dialogue on Race program as well as a fellowship with the Urban Leaders for Equity and Diversity (ULEAD): Criminal Justice Cohort of 2017 through the Urban League of Baton Rouge.
She is the co-founder of the Thin RedLine Project, a social justice photojournalism series dedicated to telling the stories of individuals, close-knit families, and creative souls that live and thrive within disenfranchised and marginalized communities. She is the creator of Stonecatchers: Conversations for Change, a series of dialogues and events which bring citizens together to discuss difficult topics related to church, race and politics. Meghan is the writer behind The Free Bird Sings, is a contributor to Baton Rouge Moms and The Mother Letters, and recently wrapped her third- and final- year of directing and producing the live reading show Listen to Your Mother: Baton Rouge. Additionally, she serves alongside her husband as Pastors of Local + Global Impact at Love Alive Church. As a survivor of sexual assault, she is also passionate about seeing schools, churches and workplaces better care for former victims of trauma.
Meghan has served on and led teams assisting victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the Great Flood of 2016 and various community service projects. Last year, she volunteered with the Sharon Weston Broome campaign for mayor, and was then asked to serve on her transition team as Sharon began her first term as the first African-American female mayor of Baton Rouge. Meghan also volunteers with her Metro Councilman and is involved with the Urban League of Baton Rouge and local initiatives working to improve community/police relations and the treatment of minority communities.
Meghan specializes in education on racial sensitivity, issues of social justice and storytelling, and believes that the combination of mercy and storytelling can change the world. She is passionate about criminal justice and prison reform, and works to educate others the on presence of and the process of dismantling institutional racism. As a Christian she stands behind the scriptures that call for us to stand for justice and fight for the oppressed, and believes that the American Church as a whole needs to give the same attention to these platforms in order to truly be the hands and feet of Jesus.