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The Yellowhammer State is filled with great African American leaders from the past, present, and future. We thank our West Alabama community partners, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Delta Phi Lambda Chapter, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Xi Omega Chapter for their continued support.

Shante' Nicole Morton is a Black History Maker of Alabama

Shante' Nicole Morton is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is married to Alphonzo Morton III and has four children, Llyas Tamir Ross Jr., Shinequa Quineey, Justin Morton, and Alphonzo Morton IV.

Morton is a 1997 graduate of Central High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from the historic Stillman College, a Master of Education Degree in Elementary Education from the University of West Alabama, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of West Alabama.

Her passion is a mix of being an educator and an advocate for children. During her nineteen years as a teacher, she has worked in Greene County, Tuscaloosa County, and the Tuscaloosa City School System. She is currently a reading interventionist at Eastwood Middle School. While most teachers take off during the summer, Shante' provides reading and math remediation, character education, and music in schools and summer programs.

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She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Xi Omega Chapter, serving as vice president. Shante' has led the chapter in receiving many awards through her voter education and registration initiatives. She has served in many capacities, but the most rewarding was serving as graduate advisor and mentor to the undergraduate members of Delta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated on the campus of Stillman College.

People ask me if I ever rest, and my reply is that as long as there is a need, there is work to be done.

Black History in Alabama is important because there is still work to be done, and we should not forget the blood, sweat, and tears our ancestors shed for us to have the opportunities we have now. We will continue to make sure our voices are heard for citizens to have adequate healthcare and secured voting rights. As well as a safe and proper education for our children.

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