(ATLANTA – May 5, 2023) – BMORENews.com and BlackUSA.News will present Black Wall Street ATLANTA featuring the Joe Manns Black Wall Street Awards on May 17, 2023, from 6 to 8 pm at the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, located at 807 Atlanta Student Movement Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30314.
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Honorees include Morocco Coleman.
Who is Morocco? One phenomenal brother!
Morocco Coleman is a decorated Vietnam Veteran who has devoted his entire adult life to veterans, their families, veteran issues, and causes.
He served honorably in the United States Army from January 1967 to January 1970 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/4 Campaign Stars, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm Unit Citation Badge.
Mr. Coleman retired in 2000 as the Assistant Director for the Office of Veterans Programs for the Georgia Department of Labor where he was responsible for the planning and execution of statewide veterans’ employment and training services programs. He was one of the principal advisors to the Commissioner of Labor on veterans’ employment issues and the veterans’ employment and training programs. Mr. Coleman began working for the Georgia Department of Labor in 1985 as a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP). He provided services to veterans relating to employment, counseling and training, vocational guidance, benefits, and supportive services. He worked with veteran organizations and service providers to assure priority services for disabled and Vietnam veterans.
Using his expertise and knowledge about veterans’ employment laws, programs, and benefits to assist veterans in many ways, Morocco has been very active in veterans, civic, and civil rights organizations and has received numerous awards recognizing his service, most notably the Pentagon and the National NAACP presented him with the prestigious Jesse Brown Distinguished Leadership Award.
Mr. Coleman has served as the following:
- Past Chairman, of the NAACP Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee, Atlanta Branch
- Past State Veterans Employment Chairman, of American Legion Post #1, Atlanta, GA
- Past Committee Chairman, International Association of Professional Employees and Securities, Georgia Department of Labor
- Past Chairman of the Bylaws/Ways and Means Committee, Atlanta Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Atlanta, GA.
- Past Georgia State Department Director of Employment and Training, Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
- Past DAV National Deputy Chief of Staff to the National Commander
He presently serves as the Chairman for Veterans Employment and Training of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Veterans Brain Trust, Washington, DC. In addition, Mr. Coleman is a Life Member of the following Veterans Organizations:
- The Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
- The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
- Vietnam Veterans of America, AMVETS (American Veterans)
- The American Legion
- The Gulf War Veterans
His service to the community has been quite extensive. He has served as a consultant to the Child Protective Services of the Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services concerning veterans’ problems and family issues and as a Volunteer Probation Officer with The Atlanta Project (TAP) where he counseled and provided case management for male and female probationers in an effort to break the cycle of recidivism. He provides counseling and other assistance to incarcerated disabled veterans in penal institutions throughout the State of Georgia, placing emphasis on rehabilitation, supportive services and mainstreaming back into society.
Mr. Coleman has had many television, radio, and speaking appearances statewide and nationally where he addressed the needs, issues, and advocacy of veterans.
He has published articles on veterans’ issues in:
- The Tuskegee Airman Newspaper
- Ebony Magazine
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Newspaper
- The Veterans Upward Bound Newspaper
- The Eclipse Magazine
He authored his first novel, “Coming Full Circle,” which chronicles his Vietnam experiences and the aftermath of that experience.
Morocco he is an alumnus of North Carolina Central University and attended Morris Brown College.
He is married to Paula Jarrett-Coleman.
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