Lee Harris grew up in Glassboro, New Jersey.
Harris enjoyed success in sports at Glassboro High School, went to Norfolk State and had dreams of playing professional football, but writing “When the Child Cries” in college became a life-changing experience and altered his career direction, Harris noting “I always tend to be realistic.”
He told a writer, “I figured my chances of being a football player were one in 199, so I decided, ‘Why not prepare myself for something else?’ Now I feel like I’m doing what I was put here to do.” So Harris became a playwright, poet and promoter and moved to Bettendorf, Iowa, where he started his own company named L. Arnold Productions. L. Arnold is a pen name combining his first name initial and middle name.
He wrote well over 2,000 poems, tackling civil rights issues and calling the work his “companions.”
There isn’t much that the entrepreneurial Harris hasn’t accomplished.
He transferred from Norfolk State to Glassboro State College, earning his undergraduate degree in sociology. He served in the U.S. Navy and later as an aviation officer in the Marines. After serving in the military, he attended graduate school at the University of Michigan in the Department of Speech Communication, Theatre and the University of Iowa in the Department of Speech Communication and Dramatic Arts, and Rutgers University.
In addition to all of this, for many years he work as a manufacturing manager in industry with major companies like General Motors and John Deere.
Harris has been perhaps most visible as a successful boxing trainer, notably managing fight camps in Las Vegas, and Atlantic City preparing fighters for
world championship bouts.
He also acts in his own play, portraying a lighthearted character named Uncle Hucklebuck.
He states that his most important role today is to use his resources, company, and acquired skills and talents to encourage, empower, and support our youth, and the less fortunate in society, to be all that they dream of being. Harris states, that nothing would make him happier than for them all to become responsible and contributing members in their communities and to go on to be the ones to affect positive change for others in the future.