Suppose you needed one word to describe Living Legend Alice P. Morgan. There are many choices: groundbreaker, activist, dedicated, nurturer, and unstoppable are among the words available. But perhaps the most all-encompassing word is inclusive. For example, when Morgan chaired the annual Martin Luther King Day celebrations, she found a way to include anyone who showed an interest, even children.
“Youngsters were never too young to help, even if all they did was hand out programs, they could be involved,” she explained. “Some of those young volunteers returned each year to contribute to the celebrations. It gave them their first chance to volunteer.” Morgan initiated Alexandria’s Martin Luther King Memorial Service in 1973, before the holiday was officially recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia or the United States Congress.