Cynthia Morton

Associate Professor

C.L. (Tina) Morton is a media activist, video oral historian, Associate Professor at Howard University, and 2010 Pew Fellowship in The Arts recipient.

Deeply committed to facilitating members of community groups in telling their own stories in their own voice, she has taught various organizations how to use media for social activism. In 2010 in Dakar, Senegal she taught young women and men how to use video for social change with the Young Women’s Knowledge and Leadership Institute.

Her personal work is done under If The Creek Don’t Rise Productions. Her work focuses on oral community and family histories. Her award-winning documentary, “Severed Souls” chronicles community memory of the execution of Corrine Sykes, a 20-year-old North Philadelphia resident wrongly executed for murder and the first African American woman to be legally executed in Pennyslvania.

Morton’s collaborative productions are done under Sisters’ Eye On Media with partnering filmmakers Roxana Walker-Canton and Dr. NaOme Richardson. Their groundbreaking film “Belly of the Basin” is a documentary focusing on survivor stories from Hurricane Katrina and the intersection of race, class, and politics. It garnered best documentary at the 2008 Hollywood Black Film Festival. Morton’s other awards include receiving a Leighton Artists’ Colony residency at the Banff Centre in Calgary, Canada and an artist residency at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA. Presently Tina is working on documenting Odunde, the oldest continuously running African-American Festival in Philadelphia. She has also been documenting the protest surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddy Gray in Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore respectively. Professor Morton was the videographer, and associate producer for Roxana Walker-Canton’s documentary, “Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of Black Women in The Ivory Tower.” This is a multiplatform project exploring the experiences of contemporary African American women working in American universities and colleges by documenting the education narratives of women across the country and across various academic disciplines and administrative positions.

Pew grant winner Tina Morton photographed at her home in Philadelphia, PA
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