Black History: Sara Lou Harris

FEBRUARY 3, 2011 · 8:00 AM

Black History: Sara Lou Harris

In lieu of it being the start of Black History month, I want to make it a point to not only continue educating myself on my culture’s history but also all of our readers. I firmly believe in paying homage to those who have broken down barriers making even our wildest dreams within reach.

I dedicate today’s post to a woman who made it possible for African Americans to be featured in national advertisements, Sara Lou Harris. Being a model was only one of Harris’s feats she also was an entertainer, an educator and a humanitarian. Born in 1926 to a house painter and a cotton mill worker, Sara Lou became the first African American woman to get a national advertisement and to be featured in NY buyers fashion shows. She also was one of the first 12 ladies to be signed to the first licensed Black modeling agency.

After reading about Harris I was amazed at all of her accomplishments and especially the color barriers that she has broken. She helped change the image of the Black woman and for that I am grateful.


Sarah Lou Harris was married to the late Sir. John Carter. Here is the announcement in the Washington Post regarding the passing of Sir. John on February 23, 2005. Sir John was Guyana’s first Ambassador to the United`States after Independence.

Sarah Lou Harris was married to a Guyanese , the late John Carter. Here is the announcement in the Washington Post regarding the passing of John Carter

Guyanese Ambassador John Carter, 86, Dies < click

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  • guyaneseonline  On 12/29/2016 at 12:55 am

    SARA LOU HARRIS passes – December 18, 2016

    Sara Lou Harris, Pioneering black American super model of her day and actress; later better known to Guyanese as Lady Sara Lou Carter, 93, wife of Sir John Carter, died December 18,2016 in Washington DC.

  • demerwater  On 12/29/2016 at 4:48 am

    I vaguely recall the time when the Carters got married. I do remember the marriage being the talk of the town (or the gossip of Albuoystown). The debate centered around two questions.
    “What she fine in he?”
    “What he fine in she?”
    I have to confess that the adult debate sounded quite juicy to my ‘batted’ ears.
    Husband and wife were quite respected in the household in which I grew up; although the political allegiance within that household was definitely not monolithic.

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