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Clarissa Myrick-Harris, PH.D.

Morehouse College

Humanities, Social Sciences, Media, and Arts Division Faculty
  • Professor, Africana Studies
Education
Dr. Clarissa Myrick-Harris is a higher education administrator, scholar/activist and public historian whose research and publications focus on Intersectionality and African American leadership during the Civil Rights and Black Power/Black Arts Movement.

Dr. Myrick-Harris’s career includes positions chair of the Humanities Division at Morehouse College, as interim associate provost of Strategic Academic Initiatives and Graduate Studies, Lincoln University, Missouri (2019) and provost at Savannah State University (2016-17). During her earlier tenure at Morehouse College (2012-16), she was Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, the first woman academic dean at the institution; and then Associate Provost for Pedagogical and Curricular Initiatives. In addition to her current position at Morehouse, she is the convener of the Committee to Commemorate the Atlanta Student Movement, which has developed the Atlanta Student Movement Initiative to share the stories and lessons of student activism of the 1960s. She is the co-leader of the Global Issues Honors Consortium (GIHC), the third iteration of an initiative she first led in partnership with University of Minnesota Twin Cities over two decades ago to help prepare students for graduate study and careers related to international affairs. Myrick-Harris is the college’s lead organizer of the Morehouse/Points of Light initiative Listen Learn Act to End Racism, which is convening a series of virtual conversations with scholar/activists, community activists, social justice leaders, and corporate supporters to raise awareness of the historical and present day manifestations of systemic racism and social injustices. The initiative highlights effective initiatives and critical action steps that can be taken to help end systemic racism.

Contact:

Email
clarissa.myrick-harris@morehouse.edu

Office Location 
Brawley 202A

Phone
470-639-0767

Office Hours
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Publications & Presentations

(In Review)

MYRICK-HARRIS, CLARISSA, HOW THEY LIVED: AN HISTORIC CONTEXT STUDY OF THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. LIFE HOME AT 234 SUNSET AVENUE AND MAYNARD H. JACKSON FAMILY HOME AT 220 SUNSET AVENUE, ATLANTA, GEORGIA C. 1934 – 2004.

National Parks Service

Clarissa Myrick-Harris (2020)

(In Review)

PERSPECTIVES ON EXEMPLARY TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP: PRESIDENTS AT PRIVATE HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, A MONOGRAPH, UNCF INSTITUTE FOR CAPACITY BUILDING, 2014.

UNCF Institute for Capacity Building

Clarissa Myrick-Harris (2014)

(In Review)

‘CALL THE WOMEN:: THE TRADITION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE ACTIVISM IN GEORGIA DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT,”

In Southern Black Women in the Modern Civil Rights Movement (1954 -1974): A State by State Study, Texas A & M University Press, edited by Bruce Glasrud and Merline Pitre

Clarissa Myrick-Harris (2013)

ORGANIZATIONS

HBCU FACULTY DEVELOPMENT NETWORK
Board of Directors, Member | (2009-2011; 2017-to Present)

ONE WORLD ARCHIVES/ OWA INSTITUTE
Co-Founder/Director | 1998-2012; 2017-2020

OMICRON DELTA KAPPA NATIONAL LEADERSHIP HONOR SOCIETY
Member | 2015

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • APEX Museum, Outstanding Service Award, 2018.
  • Morris Brown College, National Alumni Association, Living Pioneer in Education Award, 2013.
  • HBCU Faculty Development Network, Appreciation Award for Service as Member of Board of Directors, October 2011.
  • National Women of Achievement, Atlanta Chapter, Award for Excellence, November 11, 2006.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Appreciation Award, 2006
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Certificate of Appreciation, Contributions to the Georgia National Register Review Board, May 19, 2006.
  • Lucy Craft Laney Museum, Outstanding Georgia Historian Award, February 2002. |

featured content

Dr. Clarissa Myrick-Harris: On Topic – The Great Replacement Theory

Learn the history of “The Great Replacement Theory” and how this conspiracy has fueled white supremacist’s ideology across cultures for centuries. Chair of Morehouse’s humanities division and professor of Africana studies, Dr. Clarissa Myrick-Harris sheds light on the damaging rhetoric that has recently promoted hate crimes against people of color.

Illuminated Ep.5: Black Creatives v. Respectability Politics, Cultural Appropriation & Exploitation

Morehouse professors Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, Dr. Clarissa Myrick-Harris, and Dr. David Wall Rice discuss US history’s omissions, how to recount the truth of America’s past more accurately using mediums such photography, fashion, architecture, film, and more as well as how Black Americans used these mediums to assert their individuality, dignity, and humanity in a world determined to belittle and eradicate them.

 

BNC News

Morehouse College is launching an institute dedicated to studying the economic, social, cultural and personal outcomes of issues facing Black men. The Black Men’s Research Institute aims to produce cutting-edge scholarship on the experiences of Black men and boys in the U.S. and across the African diaspora. The new institute strives to “…equip Black men and allies to challenge and navigate through a society constructed in ways that may marginalize Black men’s contributions and humanity.” Dr. Clarissa Myrick-Harris, chair of the humanities division at Morehouse College, joins Charles Blow on “Prime” to discuss.

Project STAND Inaugural Residency

Project STAND’s inaugural residency. Guest speakers included Bahati Kuumba, Women’s Research & Resource Center Associate Director, Professor and Clarissa Myrick-Harris, Chair, Humanities Division, Morehouse College and co-facilitated by Katherine Wheatle, Director, Justice and Equity Grantmaking, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation