Brooksie Harrington has paternal roots in Rockingham, N.C. and maternal roots in Rockaway, New York. He is the father of one daughter, Jewel. Brooksie Harrington resides in Fayetteville, N. C. and can be contacted at his office 910-672-1416 or 1931. Previously, as a student in the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harrington became the protégé of “The Soprano’s Soprano”, Professor Martha Flowers.Martha Flowers played the famous role of Bess in George Gershwin’s “PORGY and BESS.”
Dr. Harrington’s academic background includes: degrees in Speech Education and Spanish Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; certification in English Education from St. Andrew’s College, Laurinburg, North Carolina; a Master’s of Arts degree in African-American Literature; an additional Master’s of Arts degree in English; and the Doctorate Degree in English from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Harrington’s training in Educational Administration came from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Fortunately for Harrington, his travels with the First Lady of Gospel, Shirley Caesar, not only allowed his continued academic pursuits which resulted in his text, Shirley Caesar: A Woman of Words, (housed in the Schomburg Library, Harlem, New York) but also exposed him as a writer to many famous artists. He interviewed, accompanied, or wrote about such personalities as: Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews, Rev. James Cleveland, Dorothy Norwood, Cassietta George, Gloria Washington, Lou Rawls and Joe Lagon.
Upon completion of the text, Shirley Caesar: A Woman of Words, Caesar, as well as Martha Flowers and other artists, honored Dr. Harrington in a musical tribute acknowledging his contributions to academics and especially to the fields of music.
In November of 1999, the National Endowment of the Arts honored Caesar the artist, and Harrington the nominator, with the National Heritage Award. Subsequently, Harrington was invited to speak at The Lincoln Center in New York on the subject, “The Real Shirley Caesar.”
Harrington’s most current CD entitled, Delivered Through The Flood is available for purchase as of September 2000. A film containing portions of the CD is Princeville Remembers the Flood: A Documentary. It was produced by the North Carolina Language and Life Project of North Carolina State University and released on August 16, 2004.
English 531 – Southern Literature, a comprehensive look at literature by southern writers.