We’re glad to be ending the month by spotlighting Howard County’s first Black Sherriff and father of two, Marcus Harris. We’ve been celebrating Black History Month by placing a spotlight on local Black dads that are doing a great job of building their legacies through admirable parenting – creating Black history now.
Q: How has fatherhood impacted your life?
Fatherhood has changed my life tremendously. It feels like overnight, you go from living a life on the edge of your seat to overwhelmed by the responsibility and affection that you feel. I know that I had to adjust many aspects of my life to make sure that my family came first above all else. I never thought I would spend more time watching cartoons when my children were younger than Sportcenter. I have learned to appreciate all the little things in life and have realized that the choices that I make have a profound impact on how my children view their dad and for that I work really hard to make wise decisions and to be a good example. One of the most enjoyable aspects of fatherhood is being able to experience life again through the eyes of your children.
Q: How do you celebrate Black History Month?
I celebrate Black History Month in many different ways and I need to point out that I do each of these things not just during Black History Month but throughout the entire year. One of the main ways is to make sure that I support Black owned businesses in my area. I also do my best to read at least one book by a Black author or about a famous Black History maker during the month. It is extremely important to me to make sure that my children are aware of their Black heritage, so I make it a point to talk with them about it. I encourage my children to ask questions and am happy to encourage them to explore more about themselves.