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Harold Michael Harvey autographing his collection of essays on race and Justice in America at the Woodruff Library on the Atlanta University Center Campus.

Harold Michael Harvey was born in rural Georgia and was educated in political science at Tuskegee Institute from 1970 to 1973, during which he wrote a weekly column on campus politics in the student-run Campus Digest. Following graduation, he became a prolific Letter to the Editor writer on local political issues in The Macon Telegraph & News and The Macon Courier.

In 1976 he became a general assignment reporter for The Birmingham World covering political issues facing Birmingham’s Black community, which positioned him to serve on the Fourth Avenue Redevelopment Committee alongside A. G. Gaston, Birmingham’s wealthiest Black businessman. In 1976, he edited the Alabama Black Expo Magazine.

From 1977 to 1979, he served as Managing Editor of The Macon Courier and Political Editor of The Tuskegee Voice. In July 1977, he began the first draft of his novel Paper Puzzle. Also, in 1977 he was cited by the National Newspaper Publishers Association for Outstanding Work in Newspaper Journalism.

In 1981, after a failed political race for State Representative, he enrolled in night law school at the Atlanta Law School graduating with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1984. From 1986 to 2005 he labored as a trial lawyer in Georgia where he tried high profiled criminal cases in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. Of the five capital cases he defended, he never lost a man to Georgia’s electric chair or to lethal injection.

In 2008, he found his unfinished manuscript and headed for the seclusion of the Smoky Mountains where he banged out this southern mystery in four months. It was published in 2009. A second edition was released in 201l. The third edition with a new cover design, an introduction by the author, and a biographical note will be released in 2019.

In 2013 he was selected to serve on the National Black College Baseball Poll Committee organized by Black College Nines, which ranks the top 10 Black College baseball programs in the country. In 2015 he was selected to serve on the National College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Black College Legends and Pioneers Committee, which is tasked with recommending Black College Baseball players for induction into the Hall of Fame, who played baseball from 1880 to 1975 when records and statistics were not meretriciously kept. In 2016 he was invited to serve on the board of directors of Atlanta Metro RBI, Inc., which mentors’ Black youth who aspire to become collegiate and professional baseball players.

He is the premier writer on Black College Baseball in the country, which explains the baseball lore that floats throughout the pages of his work. He has won several journalism awards for political punditry and has spoken to college campuses and museum symposiums on race and justice in America.

He is also the author of a collection of essays, Justice in the Round: Essays on the American Jury System and has edited several books including Old HabitsNew Habits by Rodney Battle, Easier to Obtain than to Maintain by Charles Steele, Jr., Big Bend by Ruby Simon and Thus Far the Lord Has Helped Us by Valinda F. Johnson. Harold Michael Harvey lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist. He is a Contributor at The Hill, SCLC National Magazine, Southern Changes Magazine, Medium, and Black College Nines. He can be contacted at hmharvey@haroldmichaelharvey.com

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Harvey is Living Now Book Awards 2020 Bronze Medalist for his memoir Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. Available at haroldmichaelharvey.com

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