St. Landry

Mar 28, 2013 11:09 AM by MELISSA CANONE

Opelousas Resident to be Inducted into 2013 SULC Hall of Fame

Aaron Harris, ‘71, of Opelousas, Louisiana, will be among five inductees into the 2013 Southern University Law Center (SULC) Hall of Fame, Saturday, April 13, at the annual Hall of Fame banquet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Harris, a former associate dean of the Law Center, and other SULC alumni inductees Monica Azare, '94, New York City, N.Y.; Judge Alvin Batiste, ‘81, Plaquemine, Louisiana; Judge Brenda Bedsole Ricks, ‘84, Amite, Louisiana; and Dannye Malone, ‘85, Shreveport, Louisiana, will be honored as part of the four-day annual Alumni Round-Up, celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Law Center.

Harris, a native of Washington, Louisiana, and a resident of Opelousas, is a former St. Landry Parish public school teacher and guidance counselor, a United States Army veteran, and former associate dean of the Law Center.

Upon his retirement from SULC in 1990, Harris returned to St. Landry Parish and became a full-time practitioner in the firm of Harris & Harris, which he established in 1986. Harris & Harris was the first African-American firm consisting of a father and son team in the parish. In addition to his practice of law, he has been a lifetime farmer, owning the largest cattle ranch, farm, and real estate development in the African-American community in St. Landry Parish.

During the struggle for equality of African Americans, Harris was instrumental in working with the late Rev. Carlton Frank, Sr. in integrating establishments in the Melville and Lebeau communities in St. Landry Parish. He was also instrumental in assisting in the struggle of African-American students in the St. Landry Parish School System by taking a stance against the discriminatory practices at predominately African American Schools.

Harris is the husband of Rosa Bertrand Harris and they are the parents of Judge Alonzo Harris, the first African-American judge in St. Landry Parish; Antonio Harris, a research associate/instructor at the Southern University Ag Center; and Vanessa Harris, the first African-American female judge in St. Landry Parish; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

For more information about the 2013 Alumni Round-Up, including purchasing tickets for the Hall of Fame Banquet, contact Cynthia N. Reed, director of CLE and alumni affairs, (225) 771-2785 or Creed@sulc.edu.

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