Baltimore City Honors Former Councilman

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Former Baltimore City Councilman Kenneth Harris, whose life was tragically cut short when he was murdered ten years ago, was honored Tuesday by Mayor Catherine Pugh and members of the City Council.

The Kenneth N. Harris Senior Community Center will be a place where young people can learn, play, and achieve.

According to WMAR:

Tuesday afternoon, everyone from Mayor Catherine Pugh and current city council members to his family took pride in dedicating the facility to him.

“I know he’s happy and smiling down right now from heaven,” said Harris’ son, Kenneth Harris Jr.

“This is just a display of our love and care for an individual who loved and cared for his city,” said Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Harris was murdered 10 years ago during a robbery in Northeast Baltimore outside of a jazz club. The men responsible are in prison, but that’s not what defines the former councilman.

“Seeing the sign with my father, seeing the impact he had on this community and on myself included, it’s just so emotional but very happy,” Harris said.

The center will host a head start program facilitated by the YMCA and a program to help kids with homework, social skills, and aftercare.

Harris Sr. grew up in west Baltimore and served north and northeast Baltimore as a city councilman for eight years.

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