Harris died last week at the age of 90. His daughters admit, they shared their dad with the community.
"Since childhood we've heard endless stories from people about how our father changed their lives," Roberta said.
Robert Harris Jr. held a host of leadership positions over his lifetime. He worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Police Athletic League and the Milwaukee Public School System
In 2007 he was featured on Positively Milwaukee. Harris was a volunteer coach helping students with their homework. For many in Milwaukee, Robert Harris Junior was the dad they never had.
"He was a surrogate father to so many people...so many students who didn't have a father role in their life," said Patrice Harris.
The Harris daughters say when confronted with racism their dad never gave up.
"He applied to UWM School of Education program and was denied because of his race. But he kept pushing and became the first African American student in that program," Patrice said.
The daughters of Harris admit they've learned a powerful lesson from their father. The importance of reaching out.