Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter also known as Hip-Hop artist Isis Tha Saviour, is an art and design graduate of Community College of Philadelphia currently pursuing her second degree in behavioral health. She is a single mother, entrepreneur, higher education advocate, and one of the faces of Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren’s Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act. She is also the recipient of a 2017 Right to Return Fellowship for her musical and film work surrounding social issues and criminal justice reform.
Although it’s been a decade since her release, her time in prison continues to shape the way in which she is able to move forward in life. Despite her work ethic, artistic talent and academic success, she is consistently discriminated against in terms of obtaining adequate employment, a livable wage, housing assistance, and other supports typically afforded American citizens living below the poverty level. Despite facing immeasurable odds, Mary continues to lead by example and not be defined by circumstances.
Mary has recently partnered with Wisconsin HOPE lab, Invisible People and Hanes for a national campaign detailing her struggles of food and housing insecurity as a first-generation grad and returning citizen to help raise awareness and advocate for change nationally. Mary’s determination and commitment to contribute to her community in meaningful ways have not only served her personal well-being but has also encouraged others around her to take positive action in their own lives as well.
Her experiences have not only contributed to her overall resilience but has also operated as the number one motivating force for Mary’s participation in prison reform, higher ed advocacy, and creating platforms to share her story.
Last updated: Sep 25, 2018