At Leadership Texarkana’s 10th Annual Lunch with Leaders program held at Northridge Country Club on April 9, 2019, Dr. James Anthony Morris, adjunct instructor at Texarkana College, was recognized as a nominee for a Wilbur Award for his community leadership. The Wilbur Award is presented annually to individuals, organizations, and student leaders who exemplify the power of one entity or individual to lead the way in positively impacting our community and region as models of effective leadership, working together with others to make best use of resources for our community’s best future. Named in honor of Wilbur Smith, a noted public servant to the Texarkana community, anyone in the community is eligible to be nominated for, or be honored with, a Wilbur Award.
Dr. James Anthony Morris:
Pastor of The Hamilton Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church, Dr. Morris wears many other hats. Since his arrival in Texarkana, he has immersed himself into the community with public service. He is a faith-based commission chair for Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, chaplain for Northeast Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, member of the TISD Diversity Awareness Council, adjunct instructor at Texarkana College, and president of the Texarkana Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Dr. Morris also coordinates the Red Tie Club and Boys to Men Academy at Westlawn Elementary School. Through his church he feeds the homeless at Randy Sams, provides box fans for the shelters in Texarkana, provides socks to area nursing homes, and blankets to Wee People Daycare Center, as well as sponsoring a Pack-A-Purse Drive for homeless women, among other events in our area.