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.
NYTIMES.COM | BY BRUCE WEBER
"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.