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Honoring the Life and Legacy of Harry Lefever, Ph.D.

March 2017

Harry LefeverThe College joins with others around the country to mourn the passing of teacher, author, activist, and mentor, Harry Lefever, Ph.D.

As a professor of sociology from 1966 to 2003 and long-standing chair of the department, Dr. Lefever left an indelible mark on the students, faculty, and staff at Spelman. A beloved faculty member, he was widely respected by his peers because of his pedagogical innovations and passionate activism. He also endeared himself to students by engaging them in invaluable research experiences and holding their scholarship to a high standard. Upon his retirement, Dr. Lefever was awarded the rank of Professor Emeritus and continued to teach part time at Spelman until 2009. 

Spelman Honors Dr. Harry Lefever Dr. Lefever's lifelong interests in studying, teaching and writing about civil rights and sociology, and their impact on the College and in the city of Atlanta resulted in several books including, "Undaunted by the Fight: Spelman College and the Civil Rights Movement, 1957-1967." The book, whose title was taken from a line in the Spelman Hymn, was a careful study of a small but dedicated group of Spelman College students and faculty who risked their lives, compromised their grades, and jeopardized their careers to make Atlanta and the South a more just and open society.

The College celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Lefever and we stand in solidarity to honor him by remaining undaunted by the fight and upholding the intellectual and social ideals that he embodied. 

Details for Services & Condolences

Memorial Service
Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017 at 4 p.m.
Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 Howard Street, Decatur, Georgia 30030

Memorial Gifts
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Atlanta Friends Meeting, 701 W. Howard Ave. Decatur, GA 30030.


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