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State Representative Kiah Morris of Vermont delivering a floor speech in honor of the adoption of the Black Lives Matter Resolution in the legislature in 2016. Video credit: Teo Zagar, Long Shot Productions

About

Originally from Chicago, Kiah Morris lives in Bennington, Vermont on the southwestern end of the Green Mountain State where she served in the general assembly as a State Representative from 2014-2016 and 2016-2018. She is the first African-American and person of color elected from Bennington County and the second African-American woman to be elected to the legislature in Vermont history. In that capacity, she served on the House Judiciary Committee and Vermont Judicial Nominating Board and is co-chair of the tripartisan Legislative Women's Caucus. Her story of success and struggle have been covered in over four dozen media outlets including CNN, The Huffington Post, New York Times, Washington Post, The Hill, Essence Magazine, Canadian Broadcasting Company, BBC Radio and Vice Media

She provides consultative services, workshops and presentations on issues of diversity, equity and leadership for organizations across the globe. She serves on the Board of United Children’s Services, is a Sisters on the Planet Ambassador for Oxfam America, Leader with Rights and Democracy Vermont and is on the advisory councils for Emerge Vermont and Black Lives Matter Vermont.

Kiah also holds an accomplished artistic career as an actress of stage, film and television, spoken word performance, as a singer, dancer and arts manager.  As an arts advocate with a passion for community-based art, she has produced numerous special events, concerts and art exhibits during her career. Her work focuses on amplification of voice of the oppressed, issues of human rights and social justice.

She enjoys family time with her husband, son, dog and two cats exploring the natural beauty of New England. She is a marathoner, American Tribal Belly dance and Afro-Brazilian Samba dancer.  She is a major foodie, amateur chef and loves live music performances.