Norris, Michele L.
- Vincent F. A. Golphin
was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Belvin Norris, Jr. and Elizabeth J. Brown. Her parents were postal workers who believed in the promise of America so much that they pushed Michele and her siblings to be role models of excellence wherever they were, particularly in their largely white, Oakland Avenue neighborhood on the city’s south side. Like many parents during the civil rights years, Betty and Belvin Norris urged their daughter to push beyond the barriers that African Americans faced and to grasp the advantages opened by the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Michele Norris’s career shows a commitment to that goal, and to creating opportunities for Americans to better understand themselves and their society.
After graduation from Minneapolis’s Washburn High School in 1978 she planned to be an electrical engineer mostly because she liked the idea of being able to build something She nearly completed an undergraduate degree in ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.