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.
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.
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.