Dominique Morgan
 
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in adolescence

Dominique Morgan spent 18 months placed in solitary confinement at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. From this tiny, isolated, dehumanizing space he began to write songs as a survival tactic to save his mind and spirit. From this experience has grown a truly robust career in social justice advocacy and a music practice that serves as testimony to the power of emotional connection.

 
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Dominique conveys that his work “looks at those of us who can be labeled as bad, unworthy and unredeemable.”

Placed within the limited dimensions of a recreated confinement cell, the artist shares songs that he’s never performed before. These songs are different from the rest; they are composed on the back of inmate request forms--“kites”. Dominique reveals the reality and humanity of the nearly 100,000 individuals currently in solitary confinement in the U.S. His emphasis on the significance of the arts as a refuge and means of connectedness.

 
 
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Turning tragedy into triumph

Most recently Morgan is a recipient of NAACP Freedom Fighters Award, speaking at UNO TedTalk 2019, writing a book and launching a new EP. Morgan has founded multiple organizations including: Queer People of Color Nebraska and Heartland Youth Pride. Dominique is the National Director for Black & Pink and sits on the board for, Heartland Family Services, Family & Friends of Incarcerated People, Benson Theater Board and Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards. 

 

I am inspired to be able to see the power in my experience and use my voice to engage in speaking his truth to people across the country.

Dominique Morgan

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