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Harris' New Titles Featured in The Riveter Magazine

Youth librarian Natasha Forrester Campbell loved helping people find what they were looking for at the local library she worked at in Multnomah County, Oregon. But in 12 years of working, she found certain questions stumped her again and again. Often, parents of non-white children would ask her: Where were the diverse children’s books? Where can I find the faces of kids who look like mine? “People with different races or socioeconomic backgrounds would come to their local libraries for ways to teach their children about the world,” she says. >> Read the full article in The Riveter Magazine

Duchess Harris shares story of human computers with La Crosse

For the first 10 years Miriam D. Mann worked at NASA’s predecessor, she was legally prohibited from working alongside her white co-workers, according to her granddaughter, Duchess Harris. A Twin Cities-based author and professor, Harris shared the story Tuesday of her grandmother, who was one of the first African-American women to work at NASA. She was joined at the Martin Luther King Day event for about 800 La Crosse area middle-schoolers by University of Wisconsin-La Crosse associate professor of physics Taviare Hawkins, the 50th African-American woman to ever receive a doctorate in physics, and senior Adrienne Hester, who will be the first black woman to receive a degree in physics from U

La Crosse to celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s radical legacy Monday

As the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, Twin Cities-based author and professor Duchess Harris said it’s important to consider the famous racial equality advocate through a less sanitized lens. Harris, who chairs the American studies department at Macalester College in St. Paul, will be the keynote speaker at the La Crosse Community Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 7 p.m. Monday in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Main Theatre. Her speech, entitled “Chaos or Community: Fifty Years with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” will discuss King’s legacy of encouraging people to search for community over existing in chaos. >> Read the article now!

Keith Knutson: Celebrate Martin Luther King's legacy at Viterbo

...Our speaker this year, Duchess Harris, chair of the American Studies Department at Macalester College, will provide her reflection on this and other questions when she addresses the audience Monday evening. Her academic expertise and personal history will offer us a highly regarded view on racial developments over the 50 years since King was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee. >> Read the full article!

Duchess Appears on Wisconsin Public Radio

The speaker at this year's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in La Crosse is the granddaughter of one of the African-American female mathematicians working for NASA who gained notoriety from the book and movie "Hidden Figures." Duchess Harris has had a successful career of her own... >> Listen to the radio interview now!

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