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Pam Morris

Radio host Pam Morris was born and raised in West Virginia. She graduated from St. Albans High School and West Virginia State College.

In 1989, Morris was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley as an event coordinator for the City of Chicago and as head producer for the Chicago Gospel Music Festival. Morris also created and coordinated Mayor Daley's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Breakfast. She went on to serve as interfaith liaison for the United States House of Representatives in the Second District of Illinois.

In 2000, Morris was hired as a radio personality at WVON-AM in Chicago, where she went on to host "Gospel with Pam Morris." She worked at WWHN 1510-AM and WGCI-AM; and, for seven years, hosted the radio program entitled "The Inspirational Gospel Stroll," on WVAZ-FM. Morris also hosted "Gospel with Pam Morris" on cable television. In addition, she has worked as an international Gospel consultant for The Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy; The Gospel and Soul Easter Festival in Terni, Italy; and The Tree of Life Gospel Event in Durbin, South Africa. She served as a consultant to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and was appointed lead ambassador for the American Heart Association’s Most Powerful Voices Gospel Tour. In 2009, Morris retired as event coordinator for the City of Chicago and founded the nonprofit organization P. Morris & Associates.

Morris has received numerous awards for her work. She was the 2006 Stellar Award recipient for Gospel Radio announcer of the year. She also received the 2010 Who's Who in Black Chicago Award; the 2010 Living Faith Church Lifetime Achievement Legacy Award; the City of Chicago Appreciation Award; the 2012 National Council of Negro Women Media Award; and N'Digo's N'Religion Award. Morris also served on the Grammy Board of Governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences - Chicago Chapter.

Morris has recorded two Gospel albums, and is the author of the book Lessons Learned from Aunt Mabel and So Much More.

Pam Morris was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 23, 2014.

Accession Number

A2014.023

Sex

Female

Interview Date

1/23/2014

Last Name

Morris-Walton

Maker Category
Marital Status

Divorced

Middle Name

Jacqueline

Occupation
Schools

Tackett Creek School

St. Albans High School

West Virginia State University

Search Occupation Category
First Name

Pam

Birth City, State, Country

Charleston

HM ID

MOR15

Favorite Season

Christmas

State

West Virginia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Favorite Quote

I Love You.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Birth Date

12/20/1949

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Salmon

Short Description

Radio host Pam Morris (1949 - ) , founder of P. Morris & Associates, is the host of WVON-AM’s "Gospel with Pam Morris," and was head producer for the Chicago Gospel Music Festival for over twenty years. She is the author of the book Lessons Learned from Aunt Mabel and So Much More.

Employment

WVON Radio

United States House of Representatives

City of Chicago

V103 Radio

1390

Favorite Color

Black, Puple, Red

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DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Pam Morris' interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Pam Morris lists her favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Pam Morris describes her maternal family background

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Pam Morris talks about her mother, Paskalena Page

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Pam Morris talks about her father, John Brown

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Pam Morris describes being raised by her Aunt Mabel

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Pam Morris describes her likeness to Aunt Mabel

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Pam Morris talks about Aunt Mabel's work as a minister

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Pam Morris describes the Apostolic Free Church of God Church on Redds Hill in St. Albans, West Virginia

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Pam Morris shares her childhood memories

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Pam Morris describes the sights, sounds, and smells of St. Albans, West Virginia

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Pam Morris describes growing up on a farm in St. Albans, West Virginia

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Pam Morris describes her great grandfather greeting a date with his shotgun

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Pam Morris recalls the music and television of her childhood

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Pam Morris describes her school memories

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Pam Morris describes her Uncle Beauford

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Pam Morris describes her church experiences as a child

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Pam Morris describes attending Tackett Creek Elementary School in St. Albans, West Virginia

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Pam Morris talks about her childhood activities

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Pam Morris describes Aunt Mabel's reluctance to be active in the Civil Rights Movement

Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Pam Morris describes the magazines she read while growing up

Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Pam Morris describes the students at St. Albans High School in St. Albans, West Virginia

Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Pam Morris talks about being raised in a strict household

Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Pam Morris talks about her senior year at St. Albans High School and her decision to attend West Virginia State College

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Pam Morris describes working at her grandfather's store

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Pam Morris remembers how she was viewed at St. Albans High School in St. Albans, West Virginia

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Pam Morris describes attending West Virginia State College in Institute, West Virginia

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Pam Morris talks about attempting to reconnect with her mother

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Pam Morris describes the importance of prayer in her life

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Pam Morris recounts moving to New York to live with her mother

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Pam Morris recalls marrying John Morris in 1969 and having two children

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Pam Morris talks about being a minister's wife and recording an album with her husband

Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Pam Morris talks about her church and radio activities in Chicago, Illinois in 1975

Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Pam Morris describes the gospel music scene in Chicago, Illinois

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Pam Morris talks about working on Charles Sherrell's radio program

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Pam Morris describes the popular gospel shows and performers during the 1970s

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Pam Morris describes the content and sponsors of Charles Sherrell's radio program

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Pam Morris talks about hosting programs and events

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Pam Morris describes how she selected music for the programs she hosted

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Pam Morris remembers Harold Washington's campaign for Mayor of Chicago, Illinois

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Pam Morris describes her radio career in the 1980s

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Pam Morris talks about her relationship with HistoryMaker Juanita Passmore

Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Pam Morris remembers visiting Aunt Mabel as an adult

Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Pam Morris remembers meeting Mahalia Jackson and Albertina Walker

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Pam Morris talks about the gospel legends she met

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Pam Morris recalls becoming the Special Events Coordinator for the Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Pam Morris talks about Chicago festivals

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Pam Morris describes her work on the Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Pam Morris talks about the role of prayer in her life

Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Pam Morris comments on the political and civic involvement of ministers in Chicago, Illinois

Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Pam Morris shares the highlights of her twenty-year tenure as Special Events Coordinator of the Chicago Gospel Music Festival.

Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Pam Morris describes the various genres within gospel music

Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Pam Morris defines gospel music

Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Pam Morris talks about the business of gospel music

Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Pam Morris talks about deciding to leave her position as Special Events Coordinator of the Chicago Gospel Music Festival, pt. 1

Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Pam Morris talks about deciding to leave her position as Special Events Coordinator of the Chicago Gospel Music Festival, pt. 2

Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Pam Morris recounts the challenges she faced as Special Events Coordinator of the Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Pam Morris talks about the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy

Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Pam Morris describes the life lessons that Aunt Mabel taught her

Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Pam Morris talks about her current relationship with her mother

Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Pam Morris talks about her children

Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Pam Morris talks about her awards

Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Pam Morris reflects upon her legacy

Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Pam Morris talks about her radio show

Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Pam Morris talks about her regrets

Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Pam Morris describes how she would like to be remembered

Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Pam Morris narrates her photographs

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Pam Morris talks about hosting programs and events
Pam Morris shares the highlights of her twenty-year tenure as Special Events Coordinator of the Chicago Gospel Music Festival.
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Okay, so your show is catching on, and did you-- the logical growth, outgrowth of a good radio show is live events with the performers--(simultaneous)--$$Um-hum, I would do, host programs, started to host programming, started, people start calling me up, asking me to host. Would you please come to my church? Antioch [Missionary Baptist Church] was the first church I went to. Reverend Daniels [Wilbur Daniel] was so sweet. He was such a wonderful person. He was always so kind. He loved his wife [Marguerite Richards]. Oh, my God, he loved his wife. She loved me, she just thought I was the most loveliest person. She said, and I want to thank you for your music 'cause you know how to play music. I'll never forget that. Those were some great days.$$Okay, so you did your first public program there?$$Um-hum.$$And who was on the program? Do you remember who was on the program at Antioch Church?$$No, other than his choir, I don't remember who else sang? I don't.$$Okay, but you were just like the host for the program?$$Um-hum, I introduced.$$Okay.$$And that just started, where I started just going from one place to the other. I mean a whole lot of it.$$So people were coming, I mean you were a draw then since they heard you on the radio, you were a draw for their programs?$$They were coming to see me and shake my hand and give me a hug, for real. It made my day and theirs. I think I was flight somebody. I want to say I was Flight 1570, take a flight with me. I think that, I had a little cliche or something going on there. I think I did. I'd have to ask Ron Baker that because I remember him coming over to the station. But I think I did have something like Flight 1570. I want to say that was the call letters, 1570.$$Okay, AM radio?$$Uh-huh, AM radio, 1570. That wasn't WVON.$$No, no.$$No, I think it was 1570.$$This is Charles Sherrell's station.$$Sherrell, yeah, I think I was a flight.$$I'm sorry. I can't think of the call letters right now, but anybody--(simultaneous)--$$But I think I was on a flight.$$--who wants to research it can find it.$$Okay, I think I was on a flight, and I was saying, "Come go with me on my flight. I'm gon' take you somewhere", and I would take you. And then when I would host, I would say, "Come meet me, 'cause we've landed. So come on over and meet me." And that's how people were hugging me and-$But back to the fest [Chicago Gospel Music Festival] itself, what are some of the--now, you were the--(simultaneous)--$$Oh, and, but speaking of Reverend [Clay] Evans, let me take you back to the fest--$$Okay, okay.$$--and say that even when he wouldn't make meetings, he'd call me up and tell me about somebody. He said, I think so and so need to be, put this down, consider this person, consider them. He would do that.$$Oh, to be on the committee?$$He was on the committee. So he was always helpful to me, had some great resources there. I was good, but I was better because of the help that I had.$$Okay.$$You gotta give credit where credit is due, had some great people working with me.$$Well, are there any special moments from the Gospel Festival, you wanna share with us, 'cause you did this for--$$Twenty years.$$Twenty years, yeah.$$Twenty years, so many. It's so many. I could go back, I could go back to Mom and Pop Winans, sitting on the side of the stage, Mom and Pop Winans sitting there saying, "Now, that's what I like right there", and I think at that time, it was Doc McKenzie and the Highlights singing "I've Won". And they're sitting on the side of the stage. I can go back to Solomon Burke when we went to Millennium Park, and he was one of, he was one of the featured performers. And they laid the red carpet out for him, and he sat in throne chair, or whatever you call that big chair he sat in. And he sang and he sat back there and sang, and people loved him, but it wasn't until Rance Allen came on behind him that people went crazy.$$So they performed with him?$$No, they performed after him.$$After him, yeah.$$Uh-huh, with Destiny's Choir. I think his choir was one of those choirs that performed with him or with Solomon Burke. It's just so many highlights. I can go back to when we honored Andrae Crouch and how beautiful that time was. And then let me tell you about this wonderful experience, of sitting at a gospel supreme, Pastor Maceo Woods, Evening of Gospel Elegance and, at Christ Universal, and I look over at one of my board members. Actually, it was Pastor DeAndre Patterson, and I had a "Ah-hah Moment", like Oprah [Winfrey] would say, an "Ah-hah" moment. And I said, I wanna take elegance to Grant Park or to Millennium Park, downtown Chicago [Illinois]. And I just felt something from how he was doing what he was doing where I wanted to bring an evening of gospel elegance to the festival. And I met with Fred Nelson, one of our board members. He said, we can make this happen.$$Now, what characterizes an evening of gospel elegance?$$A gospel evening of elegance is when you dress up in your tux, in your long gowns, and you come out and you present yourself accordingly. And you add into that a stringed instrument like a violinist or an opera singer or a tenor singer as we added in one of those performances from Three Men--Cook, Dixon and Young.$$Yeah, the Three Mo' Tenors.$$Added Dixon in there. Oh, my God, you talking about a evening of elegance. He steps out in his tuxedo and sings in that baritone voice, and it rings throughout the park. Oh, my God, and we dressed up too. Nothing like it, nothing like it, and God blessed us to do this for the City of Chicago for over a dozen years or close to a dozen years, that particular segment on a Saturday evening in downtown Chicago. Just get up, get dressed and come on down to the park and feel special. And every group was great now. I can go from the Barrett Sisters. Let me tell you another important part of this was Pastor Archbishop Lucius Hall, one of our board members. Arch Bishop Lucius Hall walked into one of the board members, one board meeting and said, I'd like to work in this area. And he helped us recognizing living legends, people that never really had a chance to come down and be honored that were still performing. And you had to be now over a certain age now. You couldn't be fifty, couldn't be fifty-five. I'm not even sure if you were sixty, might have been over that. But he was over that segment and presented them--oh, I could just go on and on, the Caravans, all of them, the Caravans, Dr. Albertina Walker, Delores Washington Green, Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, oh, just--I could just go on and on.$$Shirley Caesar.$$Oh, my God, it was just, oh. Israel Houghton of, and New Breed, the Clark Sisters. Oh, the Winans, Take 6, I could just go on and on in telling you how we were blessed to bless many people with great music during our tenure for the City of Chicago. Yeah, wonderful.