National Institute on Aging

In Memoriam: Ronald E. Harris, 1960-2016

ronald-_kwesi_-harrisRonald “Kwesi” Harris, director of the African American Male Resource Center at Chicago State University, died last month. He was 56 years old and had suffered from cancer.

A product of the Chicago Public School System, Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in education and social work at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Before joining the staff at Chicago State University, Harris was employed for 20 years at the Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center on Chicago’s West Side.

At Chicago State, Harris founded the Teaching and Educating Men of Black Origin program and the Continuing the Journey Conference for Black male high school students.

The university will rename the African American Male Resource Center to honor Harris.


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