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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Political Science Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Broiled Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
The Trouble With Common Sense Is That It's Not So Common.

Birthplace

Born:
7/21/1931
Birth Location:
Cairo, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Political Science Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Broiled Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
The Trouble With Common Sense Is That It's Not So Common.

Birthplace

Born:
7/21/1931
Birth Location:
Cairo
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Biography

Educator Frank Morris, Sr., was born in Cairo, Illinois on July 21, 1931. At age six, he moved to Boston, where his grandparents and his aunt and uncle raised him. An honor student in high school, Morris was awarded a scholarship to attend Colgate University. From there, he attended Syracuse University, earning his M.P.A. degree. Morris later went on to earn a Ph.D. in political science from MIT and he later completed the requirements for his master’s in international affairs from Georgetown University.

After graduating from Syracuse University in 1962, Morris joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, working out of the Seattle office. He joined the U.S. State Department in 1966, and by 1969, he was the deputy regional coordinator for the Latin America Office of Program and Policy Coordination. In 1972, Morris moved to Chicago, where he became an associate professor of political science at Northwestern University. After working with the National Education Institute and the Community Services Administration, Morris joined the U.S. Foreign Aid Program to Jamaica, where he retired as deputy director in 1983. Returning from Jamaica, Morris became the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. In 1986, Morris was named the associate dean of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1988, he left for Morgan State University, where he retired as the dean of graduate studies and research in 1996. After moving to Texas in 1997 to be closer to his grandchildren, Morris became a visiting professor in government and politics at the University of Texas, where he remained until he retired in 1999.

Throughout his distinguished career, Morris was highly influential in all the positions he held. While working with the State Department in Jamaica, he oversaw the growth of U.S. federal aid to the country to become one of the three highest per capita U.S. AID programs in the world. While serving as dean at Morgan State, he formed a partnership with the Hokkaido Foundation of Japan and instituted a program to teach Japanese. He has also served as a consultant to organizations in the U.S. on issues relating to Africa and Europe.

Morris has received numerous awards over the years, including having been named “Father of the Year,” by the Chicago Defender and recipient of the Superior Honor Award by the Department of State. He and his wife have four children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Frank Morris describes his mother's family background and how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Frank Morris describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Frank Morris describes his paternal aunts and uncles
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Frank Morris describes his father and paternal aunts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Frank Morris describes his paternal uncles and their professions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Frank Morris recalls his grandparents' hosting extended family at their home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Frank Morris describes living in Cairo, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Frank Morris describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Frank Morris describes his father's family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Frank Morris recalls his early childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Frank Morris recalls his experience in Boston Public Schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Frank Morris describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Frank Morris recalls a field trip to Boston's Museum of Science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Frank Morris remembers leaving Boston Latin School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Frank Morris describes Roxbury Memorial High School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Frank Morris describes his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Frank Morris talks about playing basketball in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Frank Morris describes his classmates at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Frank Morris recalls his internship at Senator Leverett Saltonstall's office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Frank Morris explains why he chose Syracuse University for graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Frank Morris remembers playing football at Colgate University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Frank Morris describes his experiences at Syracuse University in New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Frank Morris recalls meeting his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Frank Morris recalls his time in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Frank Morris recalls working for the U.S. Department of State
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Frank Morris talks about the importance of understanding history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Frank Morris describes the value of critical thinking and his doctoral program at MIT
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Frank Morris remembers his trip to Ghana in 1970
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Frank Morris describes his time at Northwestern University and writing for the Evanston Review
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Frank Morris describes his civil rights work and NAACP involvement in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Frank Morris describes his government research positions in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Frank Morris critiques the Jensen Study and IQ tests
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Frank Morris describes problems with standardized testing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Frank Morris recalls his work as education chairman of the Montgomery County, Maryland NAACP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Frank Morris recalls serving as USAID's deputy director and chief of operations in Jamaica
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Frank Morris talks about his work with USAID in Jamaica
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Frank Morris describes changing racist hiring practices in Jamaica
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Frank Morris recalls how he handled unfair work practices in Jamaica, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Frank Morris recalls how he handled unfair work practices in Jamaica, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Frank Morris recalls nominating his secretary for an award and seeing Bob Marley in concert
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Frank Morris recalls joining the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Frank Morris describes his achievements with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Frank Morris recalls his disappointments at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Frank Morris recalls his disappointments at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Frank Morris recalls being fired from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Frank Morris recalls becoming a professor and attending FESTAC '87
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Frank Morris recalls becoming dean of graduate studies and research at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Frank Morris reflects upon American graduate schools' lack of recruitment for minority students
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Frank Morris talks about his friendship with HistoryMaker Edward "Buzz" Palmer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Frank Morris describes his work with the Center for Immigration Studies
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Frank Morris explains the impact of immigration on the American economy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Frank Morris describes his trip to Europe with HistoryMaker Edward "Buzz" Palmer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Frank Morris recalls uncovering misallocation of funds at the Daniel Hand Fund, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Frank Morris recalls uncovering misallocation of funds at the Daniel Hand Fund, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Frank Morris describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Frank Morris reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Frank Morris talks about affirmative action and his principles
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Frank Morris reflects upon his legacy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Frank Morris reflects upon his legacy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Frank Morris shares his thoughts on reparations for African Americans
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Frank Morris describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Frank Morris narrates his photographs.