married Renee Grayson in Los Angeles, CA on July 21, 1977
Born June 8, 1952,
Daughter of Clarence Grayson and Middie Dunmore Grayson
They had the following children:
iii. Rikisha Morgan, born September 10, 1980
iv Rick Morgan, born June 17, 1984vi. Renetta Morgan, born May 6,1986
OF A MAN IS NOT WHERE HE LIVES, BUT HOW HE LIVES!
BEFORE YOU CAN REACH THE MIND, YOU MUST TOUCH THE HEART!
SOMETIMES IT'S WHAT YOU DON'T DO THAT DEFINES WHO YOU ARE!
THE GREATEST ROLE MODEL A CHILD WILL EVER HAVE IS HIS PARENT.
HE OR SHE WILL
LEARN HOW TO BE
HOW NOT TO BE!
AN EXPERT AT ANYTHING
WAS ONCE A BEGINNER!
YOUR TOMORROWS ARE
THE MOST IMPORTANT DAYS YOU WILL EVER LIVE!
THERE IS ALWAYS TIME
TO ADD A WORD,
NEVER TO TAKE ONE BACK.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY!
THE TRUE JOY OF LIFE IS
THE TRIP ITSELF!
IF YOU'RE GONNA WORRY
-AIN'T NO SENSE IN PRAYIN.
BUT IF YOU ARE GONNA PRAY
-AIN'T NO SENSE
EVERYTHING IN HIS OWN TIME
JUST KEEP PRAYING!
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FAILURE AND SUCCESS
IS DOING A THING NEARLY RIGHT
DOING A THING EXACTLY RIGHT!
LIKE A SPRING RAIN,
IS PRETTY HARD TO BE IN THE MIDDLE OF
WITHOUT GETTING SOME ON YOU!
A SCHOOL IS A ROOM WITH FOUR WALLS AND TOMORROW INSIDE.......
EVERYBODY AND EVERYTHING IS
ON THE WAY TO SOMEWHERE!
DAY - A TRIBUTE TO THE
I am here to tell you how the Watts Prophets changed my life.
I first met the Watts Prophets over twenfy five years ago back in the seventies when they were
traveling across country to the PUSH Convention in Chicago to promote their first book of
poetry - The Rising Sons - Wisdom and Knowledge. They stayed a couple of days with my
family in St. Louis enroute to Chicago. This was my first encounter with celebritieso and as a
teenager, I reacted normally. I threw a party and invited all my friends. I knew the Watts
Prophets were very special because they told the raw truth about the Black man's plight in
America in a unique way - by entertaining you with their dramatic poetry while enlightening
your awareness of what was really happening in America.
I followed them to the PUSH Convention in Chicago - the tirst time I had been on the road with
a group of entertainers. I came to idolize this group. I listened to their album, Black In A
White World, over and over and over again, and I would recite many of their poems to my
They planted the seed that inspired me to want to be an entertainer, and as a result, I have
performed as a singer all over Southern California, Japano Singapore, Malaysa and Hawaii.
Had not my brother been approached by a fi'iend of the Prophets and asked to manage the
group, he probably would have never become a manager and later a talent agent.
The Watts Prophets were the first to warn me that black men were in trouble. Their poetry
taught me that education was the key to the future, that black awareness was necessary. It was
important to know where you came from to know where you were going. They warned me that
dope was a joke, and the joke was on me. They caused me to really question what my country
had done for me - or rather what my country was doing to me.
I watched the Prophets through the years as they took their message of hope to college
campuses, to prisons, to small gatherings and large audiences. They were trymg to Free
Geronimo twenty years ago. They told us guns and dope were coming into our communities
compliments of our law enforcement agencies twenfy-five years ago. Long before Black History
was taught in the classrooms they told us what a beautiful race we were, and that we must have
the utmost respect for our Black women.
I thank them for being there for me. My brother thanks them for giving him a career, a
purpose, and a means to help hundreds of would be entertainers live their dreams.
Through all the FBI survalences, the phone taps, the frustrations of survival, the making of
their families, the colapse of their famalies, through all the disappointments, the broken
promises, economic hardships, the Watts Prophets have survived and grown. The truth has set them free.
Amde, Otis, Richard - Thank you and may God smile on your latest achievements.
This speech was delivered at the Will Grant Still Museum in Los Angeles about 2000.