Ebony Underwood, is the founder/CEO of WE GOT US NOW, a national movement build by. led by and about children and young adults impacted by parental incarceration with the mission to ENGAGE, EDUCATE, ELEVATE & EMPOWER this historically invisible population through the use of digital narratives, safe-spaces & advocacy led campaigns to ensure their voices are at the forefront of strategic initiatives, practices and polices that will help to keep families connected, create fair sentencing and end mass incarceration.
Ebony is a social entrepreneur, content creator, activist and Soros Justice Fellow. Her interest in this advocacy work is personal and pivotal. As a daughter of an incarcerated parent, Ebony was traumatized and emotionally devastated by her father’s incarceration, silently suffering for years. In 2014, Ebony began to speak publicly and share her story through film, television and social media advocacy. She has directed and produced the video, Open Plea to the President; created the digital campaign, website and documentary short, Hope for Father’s Day about her family's ordeal and published op-ed articles in Huffington Post, Vibe and .Mic.
Since 2016, Ebony has spearheaded and produced the Google-initiated digital campaign, #LOVELETTERS to demonstrate the unbreakable bond between an incarcerated parent and their child on Mother's Day and Father's Day. In 2017, she received a Proclamation from the City of NY for her advocacy work highlighting the issue of children with incarcerated parents. In 2018, she joined the Board of Directors of the Sentencing Project. She is featured in two NEW books by award winning leaders in the movement to end mass incarceration, Until We Reckon and The Meaning of Life, plus the #EndLifeImprisonment campaign.
Ebony is a herald voice championing for the millions of children and young adults impacted by parental incarceration speaking nationally including Yale Law School, Columbia Law School, NYU Law School, American Law School, John Jay School of Criminal Justice, Sing Sing State Correctional facility, Google, SXSW, YouTube and has been invited to the White House several times on their behalf. Her personal mission is to help heal and eliminate the devastating impacts of parental incarceration for children and young adults by building an empowered community of allies and directly impacted leaders. #WEGOTUSNOW