Thomas Morgan III, eighth national president of the National Association of Black Journalists, has died. He was 52.
Friends say Morgan suffered a heart attack on Christmas Eve in Southampton, Mass., while visiting family for the holidays. The NABJ’s first openly gay president served as its leader from 1989 until 1991.
Morgan was a 20-year newspaperman, mostly with The New York Times, before he retired in 1994, largely to concentrate on his personal fight against AIDS. He won NABJ’s presidency in 1989 in New York, after serving six years as national treasurer.