With great sadness, we announce the death of a dear friend of Not in Our Town Princeton and unceasing social justice advocate, Dr. Daniel Harris, on December 26, 2019.
Daniel is well known throughout Princeton for his work on sustainability and environmental issues and, most recently, for helping prepare the Civil Rights Commission’s resolution passed by Princeton Council to institute Indigenous People’s Day, only the second town in New Jersey to do so.
Daniel was a faithful attendee of Not in Our Town’s Continuing Conversations and other organization events. Previously, in 2014, Daniel organized a rally to protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He applied his gifts as a poet to issues of racism, as illustrated in his latest book Accents, which traced his growing awareness of the harm racism causes and his own white privilege. He read some of these poems at the Princeton Arts Council as part of Art Against Racism in September. Daniel came by his anti-racism activism naturally, since he was a descendant of abolitionist Rabbi David Einhorn, who had to flee a Baltimore mob that tried to tar and feather him for speaking out against slavery.
Caroline Clark, NIOT board member, said, “Daniel was fierce, both as an advocate for social justice and an ally to NIOT. We have lost one of our guiding stars. Rest in peace Friend.”
May his memory be for a blessing and an inspiration to carry on the work of racial justice.