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In Memoriam: Ronald “Kwesi” Harris – ILAACP

In Memoriam: Ronald “Kwesi” Harris

On behalf of the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention’s Board of Directors, our member organizations, and the constituents we serve, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Ronald “Kwesi” Harris, Program Director of the African American Male Resource Center (AAMRC) at Chicago State University. The mission of the African American Male Resource Center is to help program participants achieve their highest levels of academic, vocational, and personal success.

Ronald “Kwesi” Harris

Known as Baba Kwesi to many, Mr. Ronald E. Harris was a mentor, community leader, educator and public health advocate. As a component of the university’s Unit of Student Success, in 2008, the AAMRC was federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) program to enhance the educational outcomes of African American males at Chicago State University. Mr. Ronald E. Harris was appointed as director of the program in October 2009. Since joining the AAMRC team, Mr. Harris revitalized the center by implementing, research-based, best practice methods for addressing the particular needs of this unique population.

A national leader and health advocate, Mr. Ronald E. Harris worked with the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention and the State of the Cancer Union in 2014 to present Empowering Communities: The Importance of Cancer Support & Long Term Survivorship at Chicago State University. He spoke as a warrior, sharing his story as a cancer survivor and advocating for early detection and prevention, especially in African American communities.

A Chicago native, Mr. Ronald E. Harris graduated from Simeon High School and later studied child development and social work at Central State University in Ohio. He was also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and has been featured in hundreds of local, national and international publications and has made regular appearances on WVON 1690, Chicago Access and on national news affiliates across the nation.

Funeral Arrangements for Ronald “Kwesi” Harris:

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Visitation at 10:00 AM
Chicago State University,
Emil Jones Convocation Center
9501 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628

Funeral at 11:00 AM
Chicago State University,
Emil Jones Convocation Center
9501 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628

Cards & condolences can be mailed to:
The Harris Family
7938 S. Sacramento
Chicago, IL 60652

Please continue to keep the Harris family in your prayers. May you rest in eternal peace Baba Kwesi.


Malik S. Nevels, J.D.
Executive Director

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