It was a day that doctors predicted would never come for Harris, who was born with brittle bones and other health issues requiring multiple surgeries over the years.
When it comes to setting examples, certain feats achieved by black people are quite stellar. But some would argue that Nekhidia Harris has done something that would have really been impossible - Thrive and succeed.
According to ABC7, Nekhidia was born with multiple physical disabilities and was given only three days to live by the doctors. However, she has defied many odds since then - surviving and living - and finally, on Wednesday, the 24-year-old walked at her graduation from Medgar Evers College.
When Nekhidia Harris was born, doctors gave her just three days to live. Yesterday, she graduated from #MedgarEversCollege with honors and proved that she is #MedgarMade! #MECGrad #MECAlumhttps://t.co/V1ulLXY63o— Medgar Evers College (@NewsatMedgar) June 6, 2019
Though she stands just over two-feet-tall, her determination and personality are bigger than any giant's. “I feel so excellent,” Harris told ABC New York. “After the hard work, and sleepless nights sometimes, all-nighters, it feels really good that I accomplished my Bachelor’s [degree] in social work.”
"A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH" | When Nekhidia Harris was born, doctors gave her three days to live. On Wednesday, she graduated with honors from Medgar Evers College in New York. https://t.co/opirlEGTNe— WCJB-TV20 (@WCJB20) June 6, 2019
It was a day doctors predicted would never come for Harris, who was born with brittle bones and other health issues requiring multiple surgeries over the years. There is something about exceptional people that makes them legend, and Harris might be on her path to it.
Harris, who goes by the nickname Nikki, is also one of the founders of the Brooklyn-based Harris Family Vision Foundation, which helps underprivileged and disabled children in Jamaica and all around the globe.
"When Nekhidia Harris was born, doctors gave her three days to live. Now, she's just graduated from Medgar Evers College with honors and runs a non-profit that she uses to motivate others with disabilities. She's… https://t.co/PfNlslStUl— Unheard Voices Magazine (@unheardvoices) June 6, 2019
“I like to help people, and especially children,” said Harris, who is about the size of a toddler. “I also have a voice, and I love children. They gravitate to me, so I want to help them in every way I can.”
Her father, Michael Harris, said she isn’t treated any differently — because of her giant personality.
“No one has shunned her,” Michael told ABC. “Nobody treats her differently, because they see her as tall as they are.”
Harris suffers from a disability that hasn’t yet been diagnosed, according to a 2012 article from Jamaica Observer.
"She lights up a room," mom Dasline Harris said. "No matter what darkness is in the room, she lights up that room." Next up for her is a Masters program at York College.