This Black Social History is design for the education of all races about Black People Contribution to world history over the past centuries, even though its well hidden from the masses so that our children dont even know the relationship between Black People and the wealth of their history in terms of what we have contributed to make this world a better place for all.
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Friday, 29 May 2015
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " ELIHU HARRIS " IS A FORMER U.S. DEMOCRATIC PARTY POLITICIAN AND COLLEGE ADMINISTRATOR : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
Harris was the first major party politician to lose a state legislative race to a Green Party candidate, when he lost a race for California State Assembly to Audie Bock in 1999. In the 1999 election, Harris, an African-American, sent targeted mailers to households in selected precincts, mostly African American, urging voters to vote for him and receive a fried chicken meal if they presented a voting stub at selected supermarkets. There was voter backlash because of the perception of vote buying and had a subtext of racism. In his losing effort Harris outspent Bock better than 16 to 1 ($550,000 to $33,000).
His legacy in Oakland includes the naming of the Elihu M. Harris State Office Building after him, which was built in downtown Oakland near the pre-existing Federal Building and City Hall. The three proximate structures form a large triangle of massive government buildings in a larger business redevelopment area.
From 2003 to 2010, Harris was Chancellor of Peralta Community College District. He had been interim chancellor from 2003 until receiving the post on a permanent basis. Following news coverage that raised questions about Harris' leadership, his contract was not renewed by the Board of Trustees when it expired on June 30, 2010.
In March 2011, Harris was investigated by the FBI in relation to a no-bid contract awarded to his business partner, Mark Lundquist, for $948,796 when Harris was still Chancellor of Peralta. There were complaints about Lundquist's work and Harris did not disclose his business relationship with Lundquist until after the contract was awarded.