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Leslie A. Morris

Healthcare administrator and non-profit executive Leslie A. Morris was born on April 30, 1953 in Long Branch, New Jersey to Christine Newsom Morris and Nathaniel Morris. She graduated from Long Branch High School in 1971, and received her B.A. degree in sociology at Simmons College in 1975. Morris went on to earn her M.S.W. degree in clinical social work at Boston College in 1977, and her M.P.H. degree in public health with an emphasis on maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Morris served as a social worker in various clinical facilities in Boston, Massachusetts; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, D.C. before becoming the director of the first comprehensive school-based health center in New Jersey at Snyder High School in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1987. There, she established programs targeting high risk youth in the areas of reproductive health care, mental health counseling, and health education.. After twelve years in Jersey City, Morris went on to serve as the director of the School Health Initiative at the National Association of Community Health Centers in Washington, D.C. For five years, she provided training, technical assistance, consultation, and resources to the nation’s network of community health centers on the development of school-based health centers for high risk youth. She also re-developed five school-based health centers in Newark, New Jersey. In 2006, she was named director of community relations at the New Jersey Primary Care Association in Princeton, New Jersey, where she oversaw statewide public relations and marketing activities, provided technical assistance to community health centers, and advocated on behalf of the health centers and their patients. She also served as an adjunct professor at Burlington County College in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey.

In 2007, Morris was inspired by Sylvester Monroe’s book, Brothers, to self-publish her own autobiography entitled How Ya Like Me Now!, which chronicled her childhood and adolescent experiences in public housing in Long Branch, New Jersey. In 2014, Morris founded Women of the Dream, a non-profit organization committed to mentoring girls and young women in Camden, NJ and other underserved areas.

Leslie A. Morris was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 27, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.117

Sex

Female

Interview Date

6/27/2018

Last Name

Morris

Maker Category
Marital Status

Single

Middle Name

A.

Organizations
Schools

Long Branch Middle School

Simmons College

Boston College

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

First Name

Leslie

Birth City, State, Country

Long Branch

HM ID

MOR19

Favorite Season

Fall

State

New Jersey

Favorite Vacation Destination

Disney World

Favorite Quote

It's Not Where You Begin In Life It's Where You Land And End.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New Jersey

Birth Date

4/30/1953

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Trenton

Country

United States of America

Favorite Food

Green Salad

Short Description

Healthcare administrator and nonprofit executive Leslie A. Morris (1953 - ) served as the founding director of the school-based health center at Snyder High School in New Jersey City for twelve years. She also served as the director of community relations at the New Jersey Primary Care Association.

Favorite Color

Orange, Black

Alfred Edmond, Jr.

Journalist and commentator Alfred Adam Edmond Jr. was born on March 8, 1960 in Long Branch, New Jersey to Alfred and Virginia Edmond. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1983 with a B.A. degree in studio art and a minor in economics. Having served as editor of a campus newspaper, Edmond worked during the next three years at black-owned newspapers in New York – first, in 1983, as managing editor of Big Red News, in Brooklyn, and then as associate editor at the New York Daily Challenge, in 1985. In 1986, he moved to magazines as senior editor at Modern Black Men (MBM) . A year later, he joined publisher Earl Graves at Black Enterprise magazine.

Edmond, an associate editor, obtained an exclusive interview with financier Reginald F. Lewis, who was about to execute his company’s $985 million acquisition of Beatrice International Food Company. Edmond was then sought as a quotable expert on financial matters outside of his own publication. By 1995, Edmond rose to the post of executive editor at Black Enterprise. Beginning in 1997, Edmond gave much of his attention to Black Enterprise.com, the magazine’s Web site, working to expand the publication’s digital reach.

Appointed editor-in-chief at Black Enterprise in 2000, he led the magazine’s Black Wealth Initiative, an effort to focus African Americans on the task of wealth building. In 2006, Edmond launched his “Off My Chest” blog column, taking on any subject that caught his attention, from culture to politics to personal finance. He continued his great interest in Black Enterprise.com becoming its editor-in-chief in 2008 and assuming the role of multimedia editor-at-large in 2010. He has also expanded his work as a motivational speaker, and in 2012 entered into a deal with Windsor Neckwear to launch a line of bow ties.

Edmond was interviewed by TheHistoryMakers on July 14, 2013.

Accession Number

A2013.206

Sex

Male

Interview Date

7/14/2013

Last Name

Edmond

Maker Category
Middle Name

Adam

Occupation
Schools

Gregory School

Long Branch Middle School

Rutgers University

Stanford University

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First Name

Alfred

Birth City, State, Country

Long Branch

HM ID

EDM02

Favorite Season

Summer

State

New Jersey

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Favorite Quote

The road to Heaven is paved through Hell.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New Jersey

Birth Date

3/8/1960

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

West Orange

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Chocolate

Short Description

Magazine editor Alfred Edmond, Jr. (1960 - ) is known for his work as an editor at Black Enterprise magazine, leading the magazine’s digital efforts and offering expert analysis on a wide range of financial topics.

Employment

Black Enterprise Magazine

Modern Black Man

Big Red News

Daily Challenge

WVON Radio

American Urban Radio Network

Alfred Edmond Jr. Bowtie Collection for Windsor Neckwear

A2Z Personal Growth Enterprise

Favorite Color

No Favorite Color