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Sat, 11.11.1922

Harry V. Burns activist born

*Harry Burns was born on this date in 1922.  He was an African American civil rights leader.   From San Antonio, Texas, Harry Victory Burns was named by his mother for Victory Day.

Burns served during WW 2 in the U.S. Army.  After discharge during the 1940's and 1950's, Burns was the president of the San Antonio NAACP Branch. During the civil rights movement, he associated with Martin Luther King and Thurgood Marshall.

He went on to organize marches throughout the city along with others such as Rev. Claude Black, Charles Hudspeth, G J Sutton, Ethel Minor and others.  Harry Burns died on May 27, 2000, he is buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.  

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