Duchess Harris is on sabbatical. But that doesn’t mean she’s taking a break. The last time the Macalester College American Studies professor took leave from the classroom, she unearthed documents in NASA’s archives showing her grandmother’s role as one of the “hidden human computers” working at Langley Research Center.
This time around, Harris is working on a series of books to teach elementary schoolkids about lesser known moments in black history. She’s also: celebrating the recent release of two other books, one academic and one for school libraries; flying to Washington, D.C., to talk about black feminism on PBS’ “To the Contrary”; and crisscrossing the country giving keynote addresses at academic conferences, community celebrations and library conventions.