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Joyce Moorehead

Lawyer Joyce Moorehead was born on May 29, 1946 in Buffalo, New York to Rita Faragher and Ernest Hanks. She was raised in Crescent City, Florida. In 1967, she graduated from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida with her B.S. degree in sociology with a concentration in criminology. Moorehead then graduated from the University of Arkansas with her J.D. degree in 1976.

Moorehead served as assistant city prosecutor in Fayetteville, Arkansas for a year, before returning to Miami, Florida to serve as assistant director of a public interest law firm. In 1978, she was elected to the Miami-Dade County School Board, which she served on until 1982. Moorehead was subsequently hired by the Legal Services of Greater Miami as a senior attorney. In 1984, she moved to Baltimore, Maryland upon accepting a position as general counsel for Chicken George, Inc. She was then made associate general counsel for the NAACP, where she assisted in the development of civil rights litigation and handled cases in the federal system concerning employment and labor issues, as well as voting rights and education. Moorehead was also the primary liaison to multiple attorneys affiliated with various NAACP regions and several attorneys outside the organization. Starting in 1991, she worked as a senior associate at Hollis & Associates in Baltimore, specializing in employment and family cases. Moorehead left the firm in 1993 and started her own private practice focusing on employment, family, and labor issues. In 2004, she and her husband, Thomas Moorehead, established the Joyce and Thomas Moorehead Foundation to assist working families and provide college scholarships for graduating high school seniors. She also became co-owner of Sterling Motorcars with her husband in Sterling, Virginia. Thomas Moorehead was the first African American awarded a full franchise of Rolls Royce, McLaren, and Lamborghini brands.

Moorehead has served on the boards of the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, the Family League of Baltimore, the Sexual Assault Recovery Center, Bethune-Cookman University, the Urban League of Greater Miami, WPBT-TV of South Florida, the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida, and the Library of Congress. She has also been a member of the Maryland and Florida Bars, the Monumental City Bar Association, the Baltimore City Bar Association, the Maryland Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Citizens Planning and Housing Authority of Baltimore, of which she was also chairman, and the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, where she was a former president as well.

Moorehead resides in Virginia with her husband.

Joyce Moorehead was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 23, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.103

Sex

Female

Interview Date

9/23/2019

Last Name

Moorehead

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Anne

Occupation
Schools

Bethune-Cookman University

University of Arkansas Law School

First Name

Joyce

Birth City, State, Country

Buffalo

HM ID

MOO21

Favorite Season

Spring

State

New York

Favorite Vacation Destination

Morocco, Florence,Martha's Vineyard, and Pasadena, MD

Favorite Quote

This Too Shall Pass

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

District of Columbia

Birth Date

5/29/1946

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Washington

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Pizza

Short Description

Lawyer Joyce Moorehead (1946 - ) was a senior attorney at Legal Services of Greater Miami, and served as general counsel for Chicken George Chicken, Inc. and the NAACP before opening her private law practice and becoming co-owner of BMW of Sterling and MINI of Sterling in Virginia with her husband.

Employment

City of Fayetteville

Legal Services of Greater Miami

Chicken George, Inc.

NAACP

Hollis & Associates

Sterling Motorcars

Favorite Color

Red

Thomas Moorehead

Auto sales entrepreneur and real estate developer Thomas Moorehead was born on April 21, 1944 in Monroe, Louisiana to Minnie Mae Thomas. In 1962, he graduated with honors from the segregated Carroll High School; and, in 1966, he earned his B.A. degree in business administration from Grambling State University. Moorehead then received his master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1971.

Moorehead was hired by Mobile Corporation in 1966, and then Chrysler Corporation in 1969, where he worked as a systems analyst. After participating in development programs at the Chrysler Management Institute and the United Auto Workers Training Institute, he accepted a job at the University of Michigan as director of community services. Here, he taught graduate students at the School of Social Work while working on his Ph.D. in urban and regional planning. He left the University in 1984 to work at Bradley Automotive Group in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Moorehead was accepted into the first in-house Dealer Training Program at General Motors, and graduated in 1985. He opened his first dealership, Moorehead Sentry Buick/Isuzu in 1987 in Omaha, Nebraska, and sold it in 1995 upon opening Moorehead Buick/GMC Trucks in Decatur, Illinois. In 1998, Moorehead was awarded one of the three sites for a new BMW dealership in Sterling, Virginia by the National Association of Minority Auto Dealers (NAMAD). He sold his dealership in Decatur in 2000 with the opening of Moorehead BMW/Mini of Sterling. The following year, he founded and became president of Moorehead Properties, Inc. In 2007, he became the first African American owner of the Marriott Residence Inn at the National Harbor Resort and Convention Center in Maryland. In 2013, Moorehead became the first African American awarded a full-service Rolls Royce franchise with the opening of Rolls Royce Motorcars of Sterling. He then purchased Harley-Davidson of Washington D.C. in Fort Washington, Maryland in 2014; and, in 2016, he became the first African American Lamborghini and McLaren dealer. Moorehead sold Harley-Davidson of Washington D.C. in 2018 and resigned as CEO in 2019, but remained as owner and chairman of the board.

Moorehead has received many awards for his work in the auto industry, and has served on numerous boards, including two terms on the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board in Virginia, and as chairman of NAMAD from 2013 to 2015. He is also a cofounder of the African American Network Against Alzheimer's; and, in 2004, he and his wife established the Joyce & Thomas Moorehead Foundation.

Moorehead resides in Virginia with his wife, Joyce. They have two adult children, Tony and Pam, and two grandchildren, Alexis and Alexander.

Thomas Moorehead was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 23, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.102

Sex

Male

Interview Date

9/23/2019

Last Name

Moorehead

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Allen

Schools

Carroll High School

Grambling State University

University of Michigan

First Name

Thomas

Birth City, State, Country

Monroe

HM ID

MOO20

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Louisiana

Favorite Vacation Destination

Italy

Favorite Quote

May You Live As Long As You Want, And Never Want As Long As You Live

Speakers Bureau Region State

District of Columbia

Birth Date

4/21/1944

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Washington

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Braised Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes and Cornbread

Short Description

Auto sales entrepreneur and real estate developer Thomas Moorehead (1944 - ) was the first African American awarded full-service franchises with Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, and McLaren.

Employment

Mobile Corporation

Chrysler Corporation

University of Michigan

Bradley Automotive Group

General Motors Dealer Training Program

Moorehead Sentry Buick / Isuzu

Moorehead Buick / GMC Trucks

BMW / Mini of Sterling

Moorehead Properties, Inc.

Rolls Royce Motorcars of Sterling

Harley Davidson of Washington DC

McLaren / Lamborghini of Sterling

Sterling Motorcars

Favorite Color

Blue and Gray