2010 Hall of Fame Inductee
Abe Morris is a former professional bull rider, television commentator, rodeo announcer, author, free-lance writer, registered financial services professional, and highly acclaimed motivational speaker. Abe grew up in Woodstown, New Jersey and got his start at Cowtown Rodeo riding junior bulls. After graduation from high school he ventured west to Laramie, Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming on academic and rodeo scholarships. He graduated with a degree in Business Management. While in college he became a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). A few years later he obtained his PRCA announcer's card and is the only African American to have achieved this distinction.
Abe competed in various rodeos and bull riding events throughout the United States. All the while he garnered a lot of media attention in newspapers, radio and television. Mr. Morris was a television broadcast commentator for nine consecutive years with Prime Sports and FOX Sports Networks for the world famous Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo (the Daddy of 'em All). Abe Morris qualified for the Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo eight times and the National Circuit Finals Rodeo twice in the bull riding event. Outside of the rodeo arena Mr. Morris was a very successful businessman selling life insurance and annuity products. He has also worked in the telephone call centers for financial services companies. For the five consecutive years, Abe has been invited as a guest and done a live interview at the FOX 31 News studio in Denver, Colorado on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. In January 2009 and 2010 the proud father was interviewed along with his young son Justin. In May 2008 Abe was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony for the African American studies department at the University of Wyoming.
Since his first book My Cowboy Hat Still Fits was published in March 2005, Abe has had numerous radio and television interviews. He has also been featured in several newspaper and magazine articles, and has received outstanding reviews for his insightful autobiography. Abe has written a number of articles which have been published in a variety of journals, magazines and newspapers. He has also had a monthly feature column in the Humps N Horns Bull Riding News (Chouteau, Oklahoma) for eight years. His second book, Justin: A Father's Fight for His Son about his custody fight for his son against extraordinary odds, was published by Pronghorn Press in September 2009. He currently has three more books in development, including one that offers a definitive historical perspective on African American cowboys. Abe was inducted into the Salem County (New Jersey) Sports Hall of Fame in December 2006 and is excited about being inducted into the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum in November 2010. Abe is very personable and engaging. He has become a dynamic role model. Abe is fervently carrying on a legacy and spreading the word that African American rodeo cowboys do exist.
Abe Morris lives in Denver, Colorado with his son Justin. His future goals are to reach the bestselling book lists and become a successful and well-known motivational speaker.
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