Though she has retired as an educator in the Lee County School District, Melvin continues to give of her time and talents to help others and spends time involved with her church, Mt. Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church, and as a Trustee on the Board of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. Melvin joined the Board in 1992 and has held positions as Secretary-Treasurer and Vice Chair while serving on various committees. As a teacher, she has been most involved with the Scholarship Committee in awarding scholarships to deserving students.
Mrs. Morgan is a Fort Myers, Florida, native attending Dunbar High School where she was Class President and Class Salutatorian. Then, she graduated with honors Summa Cum Laude from Allen University with her BS degree and went on to get her Masters degree in education from Florida A & M again graduating as an honor student and Kappa Delta Pi. Her teaching career began in South Carolina and then Oklahoma as a physical education teacher until she moved back to Lee County where she later became a school teacher/social worker in that district.
She has been a strong presence in the community and served as the first and only black Lee County Commissioner. Many others organizations have been associated with her over the years, including the Opti-Mars of the Florida District as their President, as a Board member of the Edison Ford Estates Foundation, Juvenile Justice Board, Children’s Services Council, Executive Board of the Southwest Florida Council of Boy Scouts, Southwest Florida Symphony, United Way of Lee County, Drug Free Lee County, Private Industry Council, Florida Committee on Aging, and numerous others.
Numerous prestigious awards have been presented to Melvin, some of the more notable are:
- Kappa Alpha Psi Humanitarian Service Award and Community Service Award
- Ida S. Baker Minority Educator of the Year
- American Legion Community Service Award
- School Social Worker of the Year
- Private Industry Council Award
- Zonta Club Woman of Achievement Award
- Lee County Woman of the Year—Fort Myers Junior Woman’s Club