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Ayo Morton

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Ayo Morton

About 

Ayo M. Morton is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Communications from Hampton University, a Master of Divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University and a Master of Theology from Union Presbyterian Seminary where she was a Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership Fellow. She is a current Doctor of Philosophy student at the University of Memphis where her work is centered on The Complex Trajectories of the Black Moan. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. In addition to being a licensed and ordained minister, she has written three novels, a devotional and released a spoken word CD. Her statement is "I am not a writer. Prayerfully, I am a person who is so passionate about people that I strategically place words in the correct order to reorder their lives."

Education

BA, Journalism and Communications, Hampton University
Master of Divinity, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University
Master of Theology, Union Presbyterian Seminary

Experience

Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University
- Instructor
- Graduate Financial Aid Associate
- Teaching Assistant
- Chapel Assistant

Union Presbyterian Seminary
- Teaching Assistant

Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership
- Artistic Director
- Design Team Member
- Conference Coordinator

Richmond Public Schools
- Secondary English Teacher

Antioch Baptist Church, Susan, Virginia
- Youth Pastor

Honors and Awards

Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership Fellow

Research Interests

Womanism, Homiletics, Race, Rhetoric and Religion, African American Literary Theory

Publications

Novels

- Poetic Journals
- Tracy's Tracks
- Just Journals

Devotional

- Dictations by the Sole

Album

- The Rumors Are True
Contributions
- Remembering What We Never Knew by Katie G. Cannon
- Resipiscence: A Lenten Devotional for Dismantling White Supremacy