From press reports
Professor “KC” Morrison, Head of Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Mississippi State University, has realeased a new biography about one of tbe state’s most influential Civil Rights Leaders.
This book is dedicated to the memory of his late wife, Dr. Johnetta Wade Morrison. Dr. Johnetta Morrison was a native of Louisville and a 1966 graduate of Louisville Colored High School.
The book, ” Aaron Henry of Mississippi: Inside Agitator”, focuses on the life of Aaron Henry from his humble beginnings in a family of sharecroppers to his election to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1979. Henry, a native of Coahoma County, served as president of the Mississippi NAACP and founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO). He was also instrumental in the development of Mississippi Action for Progress (MAP) which supports the Head Start Program.
Minion “KC” Morrison wrote in the inside cover of his book that “When Aaron Henry returned home to Mississippi from World War II service in 1946, he was part of a wave of black servicemen who challenged the racial status quo”.
The book signing, reading and discussion will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2015, 11:00am-1:00pm at the Winston County Library located on West Park Street.
Minion Kenneth Chauncey “KC” Morrison is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration; and, Senior Associate in African American Studies at Mississippi State University. He was previously Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1989-2009, where he also held the Frederick Middlebush Professorship. He served there as a Vice Provost from 1989 to 1997. Prior to Missouri, Morrison was at Syracuse University, where he served as the Chair of Afro-American Studies for five years. He has a BA. (cum laude) from Tougaloo College (1968), and MA (1969) and PhD (1977) in Political Science and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Morrison’s research and publications have appeared in the fields of comparative and American politics. His publications include several books: Aaron Henry of Mississippi: Inside Agitator, (2015,); African Americans and Political Participation (2003); Black Political Mobilization, Leadership and Power (1987); Housing and Urban Poor in Africa (1982), edited with Peter Gutkind; and Ethnicity and Political Integration (1982). Also many articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as Polity, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Publius, Comparative Politics, Political Science Quarterly, International Political Science Review, National Political Science Review, Politics and Religion, American Political Science Review, International Studies Perspectives, and Journal of Modern African Studies.