Anthony J.  Harris
  • Anthony J. Harris

  • Born: The United States.

  • Description: Dr. Anthony J. Harris is an author, lecturer, and tenured professor at Mercer University. His publications
    include more than a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. In addition, he is author of 3 books: (1) Gifts of Moments: Being Somebody to Somebody (Inspirational); (2)Ain’t Gonna Let

    Nobody Turn Me ‘Round: A coming of age story and a personal account of the Civil Rights Movement in Hattiesburg, Mississippi (Autobiographical); (3)Fruits of a Disgraced Legacy (Fiction). Fall 2014, he will release his fourth book, It’s What’s on the Inside (Children’s).

    He has lectured in a number of venues, including events sponsored by the Atlanta Jewish Committee, William Carey University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, The University of Southern Mississippi, The African American Military Museum, and The John Cooper School (The Woodlands, Texas).

    Dr. Anthony Harris received his bachelor’ degree in Spanish and master’s degree in counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi. His doctorate degree is in Counseling from East Texas State University – now Texas A&M University-Commerce.

    Dr. Harris was a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow from 1988 to 1991. As a Kellogg Fellow, he traveled to seventeen countries, including Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, and Venezuela.

    He founded Project Keep Hope Alive, an after-school mentoring program for African American boys in Commerce, Texas, where he also served a school board member for fifteen years, 6 as board chair.

    Dr. Harris served as Mentor for the 1999-2002 Class of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for Educational Leadership; and he is an alumnus of the Millennium Leadership Institute, a college president preparation program sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

    Dr. Harris was an active participant in the civil rights movement in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He desegregated Thames Junior High (1966); was jailed for picketing Forrest County Courthouse; and participated in Freedom School – Summer ’64 in Hattiesburg. He will appear in the PBS Documentary – Freedom Summer, which will air June 24, 2014 on American Experience.

    On January 22, 2014, Dr. Harris was a keynote speaker at the 50th Anniversary re-enactment of the Freedom Day March that took place in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, January 22, 1964. Harris participated in both the original march and the anniversary march.

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