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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Science Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
France
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/27/1946
Birth Location:
Poughkeepsie, New York

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Science Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
France
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/27/1946
Birth Location:
Poughkeepsie
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Biography

Political science professor Lorenzo Morris, chair of the Political Science Department at Howard University, and author and consultant on international and American public policy and electoral behavior, was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, on October 27, 1946. Morris’s parents, Annie Leola Crouch Morris and Henry Grady Morris, Jr. moved to Poughkeepsie from Columbus, Georgia, before Morris was born. Morris received his early education in Poughkeepsie public schools before continuing his studies at Fisk University, Oberlin College, and Yale University; he received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in political science from the University of Chicago.

In addition to his position at Howard University, Morris’s academic career included teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a research fellowship at the Brookings Institution, and an appointment as a Senior Fellow in the Institute for the Study of Educational Policy. Outside of academia, Morris often provided commentary on public affairs for television and radio; he was the author of five scholarly books on race and presidential politics, higher education policy, and party politics as well as numerous articles on political matters including African American politics, and questions of race in American public policy. Internationally, Morris consulted on educational projects in Haiti, Botswana and Indonesia and on matters of electoral participation in Benin and Senegal. As part of the U.S. delegation to Haiti in 1990, Morris advised and observed during the election.

Morris’s additional leadership roles included acting as co-director of the Census Information Center at Howard University, president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, vice-chair of the University Senate, and president of Phi Beta Kappa at Howard University.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Morris describes his mother's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lorenzo Morris describes how his parents met and moved to Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lorenzo Morris describes his parents' personalities and lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lorenzo Morris describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lorenzo Morris describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lorenzo Morris describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lorenzo Morris describes his early interest in political science
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lorenzo Morris describes his education in Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lorenzo Morris recalls racial discrimination at Poughkeepsie High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Morris shares experiences with racial discrimination in debate clubs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Morris describes attending Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lorenzo Morris recalls the March on Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lorenzo Morris describes the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lorenzo Morris describes civil rights activities at Fisk University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lorenzo Morris remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lorenzo Morris describes his studies and activities at Fisk University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lorenzo Morris recalls his decision to attend the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lorenzo Morris remembers influential people at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Morris talks about the Watergate Scandal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Morris describes his political ideology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lorenzo Morris talks about travelling to England, France and Quebec, Canada
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lorenzo Morris recalls his political work in Haiti
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lorenzo Morris recalls his experience in Sierra Leone
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lorenzo Morris describes his work at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lorenzo Morris describes his first book, 'The Chit'lin Controversy'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Morris talks about his publications
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Morris reflects upon the National Black Political Convention and the Bakke Case
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lorenzo Morris reflects on the tenth anniversary of the Million Man March
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lorenzo Morris describes the National Conference of Black Political Scientists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lorenzo Morris describes the political scientists he admires
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lorenzo Morris describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lorenzo Morris reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Lorenzo Morris reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Lorenzo Morris talks about his wife, Marsha Morris
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lorenzo Morris describes his family and in-laws
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Morris describes his volunteer work as a political analyst and advisor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Morris describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lorenzo Morris narrates his photographs