Biography

Professional portrait - 2007Sharon Leslie Morgan is a respected communications professional, writer and genealogist with many years of experience.

A recognized expert in multicultural marketing, Morgan helped establish the field in the U.S. 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. For two years, she served 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 U.S. 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, The Morgan Group, 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 managing director of a cellular telephone company and as marketing services director for a regional television and radio broadcaster. Among 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 worked with many music artists and international events, including the inaugural Cancun (Mexico) Jazz Festival in 1991. She helped promote the careers of recording artists Soul II Soul, Maxi Priest, and En Vogue.

From 1985-1989, 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. She was a popular columnist for the daily Gleaner newspaper, worked as a copywriter and producer for a major Jamaican advertising agency, and executed public information programs for the Jamaica Information Service.

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

Her books include:

Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade (Beacon Press, 2012) — co-authored with Thomas Norman DeWolf, a descendant of the largest slave trading family in US history.

Real Women Cook: Building Healthy Communities with Recipes that Stir the Soul (Binamu Media, 2015) — co-authored with Yvette Moyo, the founder of Real Men Charities and Real Men Cook, America’s premiere national Father’s Day event.

Paris in a Pot: Living a Dream in the City of Light (Morgan Publishing, 2016) — Memoir about her life in Paris as a restaurateur and chef.

My Daddy is a Cool Dude (Dial Press, 1975) — children’s book nominated for the prestigious Caldecott Medal.

She is a contributor to:

The Little Book of Racial Healing: Coming to the Table for Truth-Telling, Liberation, and Transformation (Good Books, 2019) — “Get Over It” essay

Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race & Reconciliation (Rutger’s University Press, 2019) — “Digging Up the Woodpile” essay

Morgan’s avocation as a genealogist informs her work as founder of ourblackancestry.com, a community that helps people explore African American family history. She employs genealogy as a tool for healing from the legacy of slavery that engendered the pernicious racism that continues to afflict American society.

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

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