Dr. James E. C. Norris wrote a book about his father, Dr. Morgan E. Norris, who was also an activist; a determined voice who was heard not only on the Northern Neck, but in the capital of the Commonwealth, demanding the assurance that the black community received proper medical care and proper resources for an education.
Dr. Norris continued the tradition his father started; observing a need, then addressing that need with resolve to eliminate it. As a young man, then husband, then father, he persevered through the war in Southeast Asia, and in the continued war against Jim Crow on American soil.
He is a United States Naval veteran. He was Chief of Surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Tuskegee, Alabama. He is a board-certified general surgeon and established his practice as a plastic surgeon in New York City.
Now retired, Dr. James E. C. Norris’ journey still continues, as he researches for material for his second book and still traveling at the tender age of ninety.
Dr. James E. C. Norris is the author of “Fight On, My Soul,” a biography about his father, Dr. Morgan E. Norris, The Northern Neck’s first Black physician and an activist for Black rural education. Dr. Norris is also a retired plastic surgeon and general surgeon.
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