SEC Integration Timeline

The integration of the Southeastern Conference stretched over more than six long years, beginning with Kentucky signing Nate Northington to a football scholarship in December 1965. Below are the initial black players on basketball and football scholarships at each of...

Black Teen Suicide Attempts Up 73%

Suicide attempts among black children and teenagers have increased by 73 percent since 1991, according to a new study based on responses from 200,000 American high school students and published this month in the Journal of Pediatrics. Suicide remains the second...

‘Henry Harris changed me’

I did not catch the man’s name over the weekend. I wish I had because I will long remember what he said—“Henry Harris changed me.” He was not the first person to tell me that. The man told me, somewhat embarrassingly, “I was a kid growing up in Birmingham with all...

Author Sam Heys Speaks at Auburn Family Friday Speaker Series

Award-winning author and journalist Sam Heys will continue the Auburn Family Friday Speaker Series Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Auburn Alumni Center. The event is being held in conjunction with Black Alumni Weekend. The 2019-2020 academic year is the 50th anniversary of...

Publication Comes During Suicide Prevention Week

It was simple happenstance that Remember Henry Harris was published last week during National Suicide Prevention Week. However, it was a poignant coincidence. Increased awareness can help prevent suicides, but too often in past decades, we as a society have preferred...

The Characters

Characters Family Willie Pearl Harris: Henry’s mother. Grew up in Emelle in neighboring Sumter County. Supported her children by hoeing and picking cotton and working in the school lunchroom. Robert Raymond: Henry’s brother, two years older than Henry. James Harris:...