The Lifetime Achievement Award is a special honor given only during decennial celebrations to acknowledge a community member who has given dedicated service to the MIT Community.
Professor Wesley L. Harris was the 2001 recipient of the 40th MLK Jr. Celebration Lifetime Achievement award. This is a special award given only during decennial celebrations to acknowledge a community member who has given in dedicated service to the MIT Community. Dr. Harris has been a MIT professor at many different points in his career. He first served as professor from 1972-79 and then again from 1996 until present. He was also the very first Director of MIT’s Office of Minority Education from 1975 to 1978. Dr. Harris served as Head of Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Housemaster for New House Residence Hall, and most recently as the Associate Provost for Faculty Equity. He is honored for his ongoing commitment to ensuring that all students achieve academically at MIT and for his work on increasing diversity efforts for faculty.
Professor Harris was a 1995-1996 MLK Visiting Professor, hosted by the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Wesley Harris talks about MLK’s visit to UVA
University of Virginia Magazine, Spring 2011
In March of 1963, Martin Luther King spoke at Old Cabell Hall at UVA. Five months later, King delivered his “I have a dream” speech in Washington, D.C. Wesley Harris, currently a professor at MIT and one of UVA’s first black undergraduates, helped bring King to speak on Grounds. READ MORE