Huntington, WV Black History

David Harris

Community Activist/Coach

David Harris is a lifelong Huntington resident who attended Douglass High School but graduated from Huntington High when Douglass closed during integration of Cabell County public schools. Harris continued his education at Marshall University where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history.

He served in the Army as a supply officer and company commander for more than four years. His highest rank was captain. During his enlistment, Harris received various honors and awards. Upon completion of his tour of duty, he received an honorable discharge.

Harris worked for Inco Alloys for 21 years as an employment and compliance manager. He also was co-owner and metal supplies manager for seven years at Basic Supply. He taught as an adjunct professor of History at Marshall University for more than 20 years. At Marshall’s Community and Technical College, he taught business administration. He also served as Marshall’s director of equity for 15 years until his retirement.

Harris has been involved in the community as chairman of the board of directors for Southwestern Community Action Council and as member of the Huntington Human Relations Commission. He is chair of the advisory board of directors for the A.D. Lewis Community Center. Harris also serves as a member of the board of directors and is a dedicated volunteer and coach for Huntington Little League. He is a member and chair of the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation; a member and vice president of Huntington Area Goodwill, Inc.; a member of the Cabell-Huntington branch of the NAACP; and member of the board of directors for Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Harris has received numerous recognitions and awards from The Huntington Herald-Dispatch; the Veterans Administration Community Service Award; Marshall University Outstanding Black Alumni Award; a “History Hero” award by the State of West Virginia; and acknowledged by the City of Huntington with a street renamed “David Harris Way” In his honor.

 

 

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