Harris, Anthony J., 1953-

Biography:

"Dr. Anthony Jerome Harris is an African-American who was born on October 26, 1953 in Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The son of James, Sr. and Daisy Harris (Wade), Dr. Harris became a Civil Rights activist as a teenager, participating in Freedom Summer and demonstrating for voter registration rights in downtown Hattiesburg. The second of three brothers, Harris grew up under the stalwart direction of their mother, who was a prominent leader of civil rights activities and Secretary of the Forrest County NAACP in the 1960's. 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."--Harris (Anthony) Civil Rights memoir finding aid, University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.

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