Mr. Dominique Morgan, Omaha community activist and musician, was interviewed by Luke Wegener, UNO Libraries Oral History Associate, for LGBTQ+ Voices: The Queer Omaha Archives Oral History Project. The interview is just under three hours in length.
Mr. Dominique Morgan, born in Omaha, Nebraska, is a gay Black man, community activist, educator, organizer, musician, and the National Director of Black and Pink. Morgan earned an Associate's in Restaurant, Culinary and Catering Management from Metropolitan Community College in 2007, and a BA in in Public Health from Southern New Hampshire University in 2015.
After the end of an 8-year incarceration in 2009, Morgan emerged from prison with a renewed sense of passion for life and fighting oppression, and according to Omaha Magazine, is now one of Omaha's most celebrated R&B recording artists and community activists. Morgan has composed over 400 songs, headlined at Baltimore Pride in 2015, opened for Grammy-nominated artist Ginuwine in 2017, and is Vice President of recording company Icon One Music.
In 2015, Morgan founded Queer People of Color Nebraska, and is a member of numerous task forces and boards, such as Friends and Family of Incarcerated People, NAACP, Nebraska Urban Indian Health Center, GLSEN, Queer Nebraska Youth Network, City of Omaha's LGBTQ+ Advisory Board, Omaha Entertainment Arts Awards, and formerly Heartland Pride. As a 12-time nominee at the Omaha Entertainment Arts Awards, Morgan took home a win in 2018 as Best R&B Artist. In 2016, Morgan was the recipient of the NAACP's Freedom Fighter award, and in 2017 he won both the Greater Omaha Young Professionals Change Maker Award, and the Young, Black and Influential Award for Advocacy.
As of April 2018, Morgan works part-time as an Adolescent Health Educator at Charles Drew Health Center, and an Evaluator at Terra Luna Collaborative. In December 2017, Morgan was named the new National Director of the country's largest prison abolitionist organization, Black and Pink, which works to support LGBTQ+ and HIV-positive prisoners through advocacy, organizing, education and direct service.
This post is part of a series sharing previews of the new oral history interviews gathered as part of LGBTQ+ Voices: The Queer Omaha Archives Oral History Project.
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About Oral History and the Queer Omaha Archives
From the first conversations between students, faculty, community members, and archivists about creating the Queer Omaha Archives, there were plans to include an oral history component in the collecting initiative. Oral history has the ability to share the memories of people and communities who lived through those events with the present and future through the voices of people from our communities. LGBTQ+ Voices: The Queer Omaha Archives Oral History Project is currently collecting oral history interviews from members of the greater Omaha LGBTQ+ communities, sharing their wide-ranging experiences with their fellow Nebraskans and the world through the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Queer Omaha Archives website.
About the Queer Omaha Archives
The Queer Omaha Archives is part of UNO Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections and officially launched in 2016. The Queer Omaha Archives collects and preserves materials relevant to the LGBTQ+ community in the region. Archives & Special Collections' material is available for the university community and general public at both the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library and online.
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