Strangers to Us All
Lawyers and Poetry

Harold Norris

(1918- )

Harold Norris was educated at the University of Michigan, where he obtained a B.A. in 1939 and a Masters in Economics in 1941. During WW II, he entered OCS in the United States Army Air Corps and spent almost three years in Britain and France with the Ninth Air Force, Air Transport Command. After the war, he obtained his law degree in 1948 from Columbia Law School. He took up the private practice of law in Detroit and became active in the ACLU where he served on the executive board for forty years.

Norris was invited to join the faculty at the Detroit College of Law and remained there for some thirty-five years; he retired from the faculty in 1996. (The Detroit College of Law is now the Michigan State University College of Law.) [Source: David Favre, Professor Emeritus Harold Norris: A.B., M.A., J.D., D.H.L., LL.D., 1996 Det. C.L. Rev. xiii; Elaine Latzman Moon, Untold Tales, Unsung heroes: An Oral History of Detroit's African American Community, 1918-1967 357, 360 (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1994)]

Norris was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 7, 1918.


Harold Norris, You Are This Nation (Detroit: Harlo Press, 1976)

___________, An American Mural: The Liberty Bell and Other Selected and New Poetry (Detroit: Harlo Press, 1991).


Harold Norris, Arrests without Warrant (Detroit: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1958)

___________, Mr. Justice Murphy and the Bill of Rights (Dobbs Ferry, New York: Oceana Publications, 1965)

___________, A Casebook of Complete Criminal Trials (Detroit: Citation Press, 1965)

____________, Reflections on Law, Lawyers, and the Bill of Rights: A Collection of Writings 1944-1984 (Detroit: Michigan Law Book Pub. Co., 1985)(3 vols.)

____________, Ideas in the Constitution: The Constitution as a Living Document (Lansing, Michigan: State Bar of Michigan, 1989)

____________, Education for Popular Sovereignty Through Implementing the Constitution and the Bill of Rights (Detroit: Detroit College of Law, 1991)

____________, Reflections on our Constitutional Mission: Making Self-Government Work (East Lansing, Michigan: Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, 1997)

Research Resources

Harold Norris Papers
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

Harold Norris Papers
Bentley History Library
University of Michigan