Dr. K.C. Morrison Receives State Black History Month Honor

STARKVILLE, Miss.--A Mississippi State administrator and faculty member is receiving the state's 2011 Black History Month Educator of the Year Award.

Minion Kenneth Chauncey "KC" Morrison, professor and head of the department of political science and public administration, recently was selected for the honor by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning. Morrison also is a senior associate in the university's African-American studies program.

"This is a well deserved honor and a fitting tribute," said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. "Dr. Morrison's leadership and influence in the advancement of diversity have been strong at Mississippi State and beyond."

Keenum cited Morrison's work as a teacher, researcher and service provider and noted his efforts "are evidence of his advocacy for advancing diversity at MSU, within the Starkville-Oktibbeha County region and the state of Mississippi. When I consider the importance of black history and the advancement of diversity, Dr. Morrison is the individual whom I believe exemplifies the title 'educator of the year,'" he added.

Morrison is a graduate of Jackson's Tougaloo College who went on to earn master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a Certificate of African Studies from the University of Ghana, Africa.

The author of numerous books and journal articles on race relations and politics, Morrison currently is working on a biography of Mississippi civil rights activist and former state legislator Aaron Henry (1922-97).