The Political Agitator’s response: I met this beautiful woman in the early 90’s. I had the opportunity to serve on the NC State NAACP Executive Committee in 2005. This is a shocker.
Andrea Harris, who helped to start a Durham-based nonprofit that helped to develop thousands of businesses owned by women and people of color across the state, passed away Wednesday morning.
She was 72.
A spokeswoman with the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development, which Harris cofounded in 1986, confirmed her death. Institute president Kevin J. Price told the INDY that Harris did not have a lengthy illness, but he declined to disclose her cause of death.
Price described Harris as a selfless person who cared for others and said her death signals the passing of the old guard to a younger generation of economic activists. Part of Harris’s legacy was generating over $1 billion in awards to minority businesses, which in turn led to homeownership and enabled entrepreneurs to take care of their families. (Read more)