Hyphenated Identities: Frederick D. Harper

Frederick D. Harper received the Ph.D. in Counselor Education from FSU’s College of Education in 1970. Subsequently, he worked at Howard University for 42 years (1970-2012) in a professorial position. Harper formerly served as Editor-in-Chief of three scholarly journals: Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, and The Journal of Negro Education. He has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters, and authored 28 published books—including textbooks, 17 poetry books, a major novel, and a satire. Harper was the first African American male to receive the doctorate in Counselor Education from his program and the fifth Black student to receive a Ph.D. from FSU. He has presented speeches and conference papers throughout the United States and in Argentina, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Since 1985, Harper has authored more than 1,200 published poems. Harper is the father of two sons and grandfather of four grandchildren. His personal Website is at www.frederickharper.com

OUR HOLIDAY

'Tis a cultural holiday of celebration;
But it matters not the differences
Of our worlds apart;
For celebrate we must on this
Merry day of glee—our love,
Ourselves;
'Tis not your holiday,
'Tis not my holiday,
But our holiday--
'Tis a special time for special people
To love and celebrate happiness.


Reprinted: Harper’s Romantica: On Peace and Romance, 1988.

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