Monita Bell

Interim Co-Director and Managing Editor, Teaching Tolerance
Southern Poverty Law Center

Monita K. Bell serves as interim co-director and managing editor for Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. TT is dedicated to helping teachers and schools educate young people to be active participants in our diverse democracy through free resources and low-cost professional development—all through anti-bias and social justice lenses. She leads the team responsible for the project’s marketing initiatives, social media content, newsletters and the award-winning Teaching Tolerance magazine, which reaches nearly half a million educators each issue. During her time at Teaching Tolerance, she has coordinated the national Mix It Up at Lunch Day program and hosted the digital literacy podcast The Mind Online. Her feature on the background of the National Museum of African American History and Culture received second place in the 2017 Green Eyeshade Awards for General News Writing in magazines. An Alabama native, she earned a B.A. in English from Alabama State University and an M.A. in English from Auburn University. Before joining TT, she taught composition and literature courses at both Auburn and Alabama State; she also worked as an online writing tutor. Monita is the author of Getting Hair “Fixed”: Black Power, Transvaluation, and Hair Politics.