TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR SONNY HARRIS
Rev. Elisha B. Morris
9/14/2015 12:21:25 pm
The end of an era has happened as Dr. Sonny Harris passed from labor to reward this morning in his sleep. Joan, my prayers are with you and the girls as you begin to prepare for his final tribute. Dr. E. Sonny Harris was the last of those warrior professors who stood shoulder to shoulder with students between 1980 and 1984 as we fought, marched, raised money for buses for Harrisburg and Black College Day and raised hell trying to save Cheyney State College from republican threat of closure. Dr. Will D. Tate, Dr. Arthur Bagley, Dr. Edward Williams and Dr. E. Sonny Harris were role models for many of us and fighters in their won way for the First HBCU, CHEYNEY STATE COLLEGE now CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY OF PA. THANK YOU GENTLEMAN AND GOOD NIGHT, I WILL SEE YOU IN THE MORNING.
9/14/2015 01:43:21 pm
From Michael Coard
9/14/2015 02:30:34 pm
Very Well Said Michael
Junious Ricardo Stanton
9/14/2015 04:59:28 pm
I share Michael's grief. Professor Sonny Harris was the embodiment of what it means to be a strong Black Man, a warrior for justice, a facilitator of enlightenment and the consummate educator.
9/14/2015 02:04:06 pm
in less than one hour, Professor Harris got more than 100 "likes" and heartfelt comments on Facebook. He was and is truly loved. Long live the great Cheyney legacy of this great Cheyney man!
9/14/2015 02:50:18 pm
A true pioneer, GRIO, soldier, professor. He will be missed yet avenged through his lawsuit Heeding Cheyney's Call.
9/14/2015 03:31:56 pm
When you think of Cheyney you think of people like Professor Sonny Harris. He should many of us what it was like to be a strong role model & man that cared about your well being. He may have yelled at us but he did it with love. He pushed us to produce our best work. Thanks for standing in the Gap for us. You will be missed.
9/14/2015 06:39:00 pm
💝🌹God Chosen The Most Beautiful Flower For His Garden 💝🌹Dr Sonny E Harris🌹💝He Was My Mentor In Undergrad and Graduate School🌹💝If You Needed Something He Would Do His Best To Help You💝🌹He Instilled In Me How To Be An Excellent Educator🌹💝He's Words Were💝💕Never Say You Can't Do It Till You Tried💝🌹Dr Harris Was A Fighter Especially For Cheyney University Till His Death💝🌹When I Seen Dr Harris In July at Our Cheyney Meeting💝💕He Was So Happy To See Me As If I Gave Him A Pocket Full Of Candy🌹💝He Said 💝That's My Streeter🌹💝All Cheyney Alumni Should Do Something Special For Our Dr Sonny E Harris🌹💝Dr Harris Your Work Is Done On Earth💝🌹Rest Peacefully My Sweetheart With Our Heavenly Father🌹💝Love You So Much But God Loves You Best🌹💝You Will Definitely Be Our Guardian Angel Especially For Our Cheyney University 🌹🌹I'm So Lost For Words Right Now🌹💝Please Keep His Family and Cheyney Family In Your Prayers💝🌹
Clinton O. Walden
9/14/2015 07:04:53 pm
I'm truly shocked and sorry to learn about the passing of Professor Sonny Harris. Professor Harris was and continued to be the Greatest Champion for the Preservation and Salvation of our Beloved Cheyney University! I was privileged to have known Professor Harris for most of my Life because we both were from Atlantic City, New Jersey. Professor Harris' Tenacious Activism and Advocacy at Cheyney was not new to me because he exemplified and exercised those traits as the President of the Atlantic City Branch of the NAACP during my Youth and Teen Years. It was his influence during my early years that attracted me to become involved in our Community as a Community Activist as well. Professor Harris was also the influential piece of the puzzle that helped me solidify my choice to attend Cheyney in 1974. In addition, Professor Harris was a Beloved Mentor, Counselor and Friend that helped me all throughout my years at Cheyney that the word Thank-you would never be enough! My Sincere and Heartfelt Condolences are extended to his Family, Friends and Colleagues at this time. May He Forever be at Peace as He obtains his Rightful place with the Elders and our Ancestors.
9/15/2015 01:45:48 pm
I was a student of Professor Harris when I was at Cheyney and he left an impression on me I shall never forget. Definitely a fighter for our Alma Mater both in the classroom and University at large. My thoughts and Prayers are with his Family.
9/18/2015 10:44:51 am
So sorry to receive this news! Loved reading the testimony shared by Michael Coard and moved to share my testimony as well. His advocacy on behalf of the union at Cheyney was strong and bold - he NEVER retreated when fighting on behalf of constituents. Academically, he "pledged" so many of us who came through teacher training during his tenure, AND HE WAS TOUGH! We were awesome educators (many still are) because of profs like Sonny Harris and we stood shoulder to shoulder with anybody from any other institution, bar none. Sonny Harris was an integral part of the final steps required before many of us could receive a degree in Elementary Education from Cheyney. Upon graduation, we were proud, we "knew our stuff" and were able to make a difference immediately in the classrooms we served, because of what we were taught by Sonny Harris and other professors. Personally, I was able to take what I learned under him and others in the department and excel in the Master's program at Ohio State Univerisity. I would later apply that same information in classrooms and then in a doctoral program as I sat side by side with graduate students from state universities, Ivy League and other institutions using the information I gained while at Cheyney. I pursued graduate matriculation without reservation and with great results. When I developed an education law and public policy niche, I had confidence developed over time from courses taken under Harris, Dr. Beatrice Johnson and others who taught us how to be tough, how to stand up on behalf of the community, how to exude professionalism during our pursuits. It is a myth to believe that ALL students attended Cheyney because there was no other place they could go. I did not attend Cheyney because I had no other options. I attended Cheyney because it was MY OWN choice, and I wanted to continue a legacy established by my mom (1951 grad) - a "teacher's teacher" who matriculated under the presidency of Cheyney's own Dr. Leslie Pickney Hill. When my mom attended Cheyney, the mantra then was a poem penned by Dr. Hill (1880 - 1960), and all students had to know these words.
7/8/2018 04:43:00 am
My favorite professor
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