Anthony J. Harris Civil Rights Memoir
Scope and Contents
The collection is a six-page memoir of the events from the early teenage years of Dr. Anthony J. Harris (circa 1964), to his days in graduate school (1977). The experiences include: the arrest of himself, his brother James, and a friend for underage picketing of the Forrest County Courthouse on behalf of black voter registration ... and how his mother rescued them; the role he played in the desegregation in Hattiesburg public schools; a visit from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the city of Hattiesburg; hosting and housing Civil Rights workers from other states; his first encounters with white people; and finally, an enduring racial presence at the Forrest County Courthouse in the late 1970’s.
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1 Item (6 pages)
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Memoir of his arrest as a child for picketing the Forrest County Courthouse during the Civil Rights Movement.
Donated by Dr. Anthony J. Harris in 1998.
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Dr. Harris was among the first to desegregate W.I. Thames Junior High School in 1966 and after graduating from Rowan High School in 1971, Dr. Harris continued his education at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), graduating only nine years after the University was integrated. Throughout the 1970’s he completed a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in counseling, and became a counselor at USM from 1976-’79.
While attending the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Harris married Smithenia Frazier of Port, Gibson, Mississippi, in 1977. Two children were born of the union – Ashley and Michael. Aside from his family life and contributions to the field of education, Dr. Harris enjoys running and listening to jazz music.
In 1979, Dr. Harris attended Texas A&M – Commerce, where he received his doctorate in counseling in 1982. In 1983, Harris became the director of the counseling center at Commerce, and in 1993, he added to his duties at Commerce by serving as assistant to the President. He continued this dual role until 1999, when he returned to Hattiesburg to serve as the executive assistant to the president of the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2002, Dr. Harris returned to Texas as an associate professor in the department of Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University, where he continues to work today.
Throughout his professional career, Dr. Anthony Harris has provided leadership to various organizations in many capacities, such as director of Project Keep Hope Alive and vice-president of the National African-American Male Collaboration. Dr. Harris was a W.K. Kellogg Fellow from 1988-’91; a regional finalist for the White House Fellowship Program; a mentor for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for Education Leadership Program; and a member of the Task Force on Women and Minorities in Higher Education for Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Most recently, Dr. Harris has completed a manuscript on his recollections of the Civil Rights Movement in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for which he is currently seeking a publisher.
- African Americans -- Civil rights. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Civil rights movements -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Civil rights workers -- Mississippi. Subject Source: Local sources
- Civil rights. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Hattiesburg (Miss.) Public Schools.
- Hattiesburg (Miss.). Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Memoir. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mississippi Freedom Project. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Personal narratives. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Race relations. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- University of Southern Mississippi -- Students. Subject Source: Local sources
- Voting. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Anthony J. Harris Civil Rights Memoir
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