Mississippi native gets ready for historic position at Harvard

Updated: Jan. 5, 2021 at 7:30 PM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The prestigious Harvard University will kickoff the spring semester with the first Black man to be elected student body president in its history.

We first told you about Mississippi native Noah Harris in November. 3 On Your Side talks to him about his new position and how he refuses to let the pandemic stop him from making a difference.

“I’m trying to show people that Mississippi is a great place with a lot of talented, gifted and high achieving people.”

Hattiesburg native Noah Harris, 20, is proud to be from the Magnolia State.

He is also just as proud to wear the “H” on his chest as a Harvard student and a Harvard history maker.

“Just being the first black man to be elected student body president from Harvard is amazing to me and to able to represent Mississippi.”

As he gets ready to head to Cambridge, Massachusetts for the new semester, he admits being student body president over more than 6,000 students during a pandemic will be a challenge.

“Our student government meetings are on Zoom. Our classes are on Zoom too, so we are doing our best on social media, sending emails and doing whatever we can to keep people engaged. Also, there are the projects that we do that we are trying to implement, and people will be able to see those, and so the work continues regardless of if it is a pandemic or not. The work arguably becomes more important because of the time that we are in.”

Harris is a junior at Harvard majoring in Political Science. He hopes to use his platform and historic win to effect change.

“Harvard communities can be pretty separate at times because there are so many great cultural organizations, but that can create separate communities. So, we are trying to use our cross-cultural collaboration to bring communities together. Also, what I really want to do is to pave the way, so I’m not the last Black man to be elected Student Body President. I want to use my time in this role to make a change and make students’ lives better and I think we’re well on the track,” said Harris.

He gives this message to other young people here in his home state.

“Don’t be afraid to go after your goals, set them high and don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t achieve them.”

Noah Harris is also an author. He recently wrote a book called “Successville” that encourages children to dream big and reach for their goals in life by valuing their education.

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