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Sharon Leslie Morgan is a respected and noteworthy communications professional with many years of experience.

A recognized expert in multicultural marketing, Morgan helped establish the field in the US and was awarded the D. Parke Gibson “Legend Award” from the Public Relations Society of America. Her decades of experience in marketing communications is highlighted by a client roster that includes a multitude of international companies: Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Mattel Toys, Maybelline cosmetics, Tribune Entertainment and Beefeater Gin to name a few. She spent several years living and working abroad in Jamaica, South Africa and France. A recent assignment was a two year stint as a full-time marketing consultant to the Chicago Department of Public Health.

In past years, Morgan served as vice president of Burrell Communications, the pioneer black owned advertising agency in the US and vice president of communications services for E. Morris Communications, a multicultural marketing agency in Chicago. For both agencies, she established public relations practices and built them into profitable departments. She also headed her own communications agency, Morgan Communications Group, for several years and was the founder of the National Black PR Society.

For five years (1994-1999), Morgan lived in South Africa, where she devoted herself to the telecommunications industry. She served as co-managing director of a cellular telephone company and as marketing services director for a regional television and radio broadcaster. Amongst her many achievements there, she worked as a consultant in the development of marketing plans for a black empowerment bid for a national cellular telephone network, endeavors to establish pan-African broadcasting entities, and projects to promote black empowerment.

Morgan has also worked with many music artists and international events, including the inaugural Cancun (Mexico) Jazz Festival in 1991. From 1986-1989, she lived in Jamaica, West Indies, where one of her projects was the production of travel guides to Caribbean destinations including Trinidad/Tobago, the Bahamas, Barbados and Puerto Rico.

From 1999-2003, Morgan lived in Paris, France, where she was the proprietor and chef of her own restaurant — Bojangles — located in the historic Montmartre district. The popular venue, featuring “pan-African soulfood” and live music, was patronized by a global community and garnered rave reviews for its cuisine, music and ambience.

Morgan is also an accomplished writer, published extensively in a variety of magazines, newspapers and other media.

Her self-published cookbook — Real Women Cook: Building Healthy Communities with Recipes that Stir the Soul — sold out on its first printing in May 2012. It is co-authored by Yvette Moyo Gillard, the founder of Real Men Charities and Real Men Cook, America’s premiere national Father’s Day event.

In October 2012, her first adult non-fiction book — Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade — was published by Beacon Press. It is co-authored with Thomas Norman DeWolf, a descendant of the largest slave trading family in US history.

In 1975, Morgan authored a children’s book – My Daddy is a Cool Dude –which was nominated for the prestigious Caldecott Medal.

In Jamaica, she was a popular columnist for the daily Gleaner newspaper. She also worked as a copywriter and producer for a major Jamaican advertising agency and produced public information programs for the Jamaica Information Service.

Her avocation as a genealogist informs her work as founder and webmaster for ourblackancestry.com, a site that helps people explore family history and culture.

Morgan could easily be described as a “Renaissance Women” — a person of many interests, vast experience and a global point of view.

 

Thomas Norman DeWolf serves as Executive Director for Coming to the Table, a non-profit organization that provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that are rooted in the United States’ history of slavery. He is a trained STAR Practitioner. STAR is a research-supported trauma awareness and resilience training program that brings together theory and practices from neurobiology, conflict transformation, human security, spirituality, and restorative justice to address the needs of individuals, organizations, and communities dealing with the impacts of present-day or historic trauma.

Tom is the author of Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History (Beacon Press). He wrote about traveling with nine distant relatives on a life-altering journey through Rhode Island, Ghana, and Cuba to film the Emmy-nominated documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, in which he is featured. An Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival, the film premiered on national television on the acclaimed PBS series P.O.V.

Tom was born and raised in California. He’s a graduate of Northwest Christian College and the University of Oregon. Tom served on the Oregon Arts Commission for nine years and as a local elected official for eleven. His years of public service focused on the arts, literacy, children’s issues, and restorative justice.

The African American Jazz Caucus awarded Tom the 2012 Spirit of Freedom Award for Social Justice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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