Kenneth Harris, a Musical Living Legend

By Wayne Bryan, Arkansas Online, Three Rivers Edition |  October 5, 2014

Kenneth Harris Jr. has had a great career as a musician. The Arkadelphia resident was just named a Living Legend of Music by the National Baptist Convention USA at New Orleans in September.

“The award recognizes those who have been in the music ministry in the convention for more than 40 years,” Harris said. “I was honored and elated to be given such recognition at the national level.”

Think what he could have accomplished if music had been his main career.

Harris has a doctorate in education and was a professor in the Teachers College of Education at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia for 35 years. He served as chairman of the department of curriculum and instruction at the school. He has also taught public school in Arkansas and Nevada.

“I really always knew I wanted to be a teacher,” Harris said. “My father was one of 32 kids, and that family has a history of teachers. Several cousins are teachers; my sister is a principal of a school in Los Angeles. There is no branch of my family tree without a teacher or two. My wife is a teacher, and so is my daughter.”  Read More