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Did You Even Know His Name? Why Charles F. Harris Was A Big Deal

He was one of the tireless army of little known boosters of writers of color, a book publishing executive that opened many doors and the founder of Amistad Press, as well as the first C.E.O./ publisher at the now defunct Howard University Press and it's Black Publishing Institute. 
He spent much of his career chipping away at the prevailing notion in the industry that writing by black authors or aimed at black readers belonged to a niche market.
Find out more about him on The History Makers website.
Obituary on Corprew Funeralhome site.
"Charles Harris was a publishing visionary and a definition of Black cool--a lover of great music, clothes, beauty. He published Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, Donald Bogle, Jim Haskins, Susan L. Taylor, John H. Johnson. So many. So much. If you're talking Black folk in publishing, you have to say his name."  Malaika Adero on facebook.

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Sorry for his transition. It is nice to know there were and are those who remain faithful to good works for Black America where we maybe under represented.


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