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SC African American History Calendar: August Honorees - Willie Harriford and Harry Walker

Willie Lloyd Harriford, known by many as Dean Harriford, was born in Kansas City, Kan. before moving to Sioux City, Iowa where he graduated high school. After graduation from the University of Kansas, he entered the U.S. Army and then became the first African American Archivist of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Mo. Dean Harriford helped found the Martin Luther King Center for Social Change in Atlanta, Ga. before moving to Columbia, S.C. to begin his career at the University of South Carolina (UofSC). While at the UofSC, Dean Harriford helped found the African American Studies program, served as the school’s first Black Assistant Dean, and was the founder of the Theta Nu chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. After his retirement, he taught as an adjunct professor at Benedict College.
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