THE SOCIETY FOR THE RE-INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF STORYTELLING
Veda Sherman – (TSRS Treasurer) – is a retired Educator with Detroit Public Schools, a Fiber Artist and resident of Detroit, Michigan. Ms. Sherman serves as part of the Front of House Team for The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers live storytelling events.
Monica Morgan – is known for her distinct style of world-class images of celebrities, heads of state, pop icons, and historic events, photojournalist Monica Morgan is more than “a photographer.” She sees what others don’t; she captures what others can’t. Whether she’s freezing history or making it, Monica Morgan lives life through the lens. Her lens. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Morgan earned her communications degree from Wayne State University, where she had a full academic scholarship. Ms. Morgan (circa 1987) began taking photographs to go along with freelance articles she was writing for news and publicity including for The Detroit News and a weekly column in Detroit’s, Michigan Chronicle Newspaper. By 1990 photography was her full-time passion and profession, as she began telling vivid and compelling stories with her camera.
Throughout her career, Morgan’s drive to tell visual stories has made her one of the most well-known Detroit-area photographers, if not the most well-known in certain inside circles; she is undisputedly among the world’s most highly recognized and accomplished African American, female photographers.
Competitive sometimes to what her “competitors” may consider a fault, Morgan’s experiences have shaped her mission to mentor young people, particularly young women in photography. To that end, in all that she does, Morgan eagerly uplifts the next generation of photography. She conducts teaching workshops and seminars, and serves as a motivational speaker. Her goal is to bring added diversify to the photography market by delivering more women from the shadows into the limelight of the male dominated industry. Morgan has mentored more than fifty young women throughout her career. Of her success, she has said, “You must first want it; then you must believe that you can do it, and not just for yourself, but for something beyond self.”
Morgan’s credits are prolific. Her career has taken her all over the world and earned her international recognition and honors. She has photographed Nelson Mandela; Prince Charles; Muhammed Ali; Muammar Gaddafi; George W. Bush; Hillary Clinton; Ray Charles; Aretha Franklin; Patti LaBelle; Coleman A. Young, and President Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle, among countless others. Morgan was official photographer -where she captured telling aerial views- for the historic, Million Man March on Washington, DC., October 16, 1995.
Morgan has documented lifestyles in Dakar, Senegal; Banjul Gambia; Lome, Togo; Cottonou, Benin; Abuja, Nigeria; Khartoom and Dafur, Sudan, Kumasi and Accra, Ghana and various cities in Israel. She captured the inaugural activities of Dominica’s late Prime Minister Rosie Douglass, and memorial services for Israel’s former First Lady, Leah Rabin; the refugee camps in Dafur, Sudan and covered children with AIDs in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Morgan’s contract with WireImage.com establishes international access to her images to editors, entertainment and news media worldwide. She has photographed over 140 heads of state; covered 9/11; Hurricane Katrina; South Africa’s first all-race elections; the inauguration, retirement, and 90th birthday party of Nelson Mandela at his home, as well as state funeral services for Mandela in his ancestral home of Qunu. She photographed Libya’s 30th and 40th Revolution Celebrations and African Unity Summits (in various African nations). It was during Morgan’s coverage of South Africa’s first all-race election in 1984 when she ran toward bombing to fearlessly capture historic images which made front-page news the world over. “It’s the ability to capture moments that make history; it’s those moments that serve to inspire, promote change and make a difference. It’s those moments that drive me,” she shared.
Morgan has earned the 2011 Alternatives For Girls Role Model Award; 2010 Newsmaker of The Year Award at the Michigan Chronicle Legacy in Motion event 2010, from Real Times Media. Throughout her career, Morgan has been honored with, The Spirit of Detroit; 2003 SBC African American Excellence Award; Detroit’s Most Influential Woman Award; Leader of the 21st Century Award; Leaders, Legends & Luminaries Award; Mentor of the Year, and Professional Woman of the Year. She has received The National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) Hugh Grannum Award 2013, and The 2014 High Tea With High Heels Award. She is also featured as the subject of a national 30-minute documentary bearing her name.
The late Mayor Coleman A. Young cited Morgan as Detroit’s best photographer or as he so aptly put it, “the sure shot.” Busy CEOs and celebrities respect the deftness and speed with which she works. Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Chuck Berry nicknamed her “Fast Photographer.” Edsel Ford called her, “the best.” Civil rights icon Rosa Parks called her work “great” and selected Morgan to be her personal and official photographer. Morgan’s clients include a multitude of Fortune 500 companies, including Chrysler; General Motors; Chrysler Financial; Ferrari; HBO; OnStar; IBM; MGM Mirage; Coca-Cola; Exxon Mobil; Bank of America; Johnson & Johnson; Pfizer, and more. Morgan photographed The Million Family March, The Million Woman March, as well as the, 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington
Don Wellman – is a Writer/Producer and Editor, specializing in telling stories through video. As Chief Creative Officer for 248 Pencils LLC, he applies his talent to clients in the Corporate, Higher Education and Entertainment sectors. Don is the videographer/editor for The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers.
TRANSFORMING COMMUNITY THROUGH THE ARTS ONE STORY AT A TIME…