Dr. Bernard Harris made history not so long ago by being the first African American to walk in space. Recently, he was honored with the FBI’s Director’s Community Leadership Award for his work with students in the Houston area.

Today, the astronaut-turned-businessman will get a chance to journey down the road not taken, at least for a few hours. He is being honored at FBI headquarters in Washington with the Director’s 2010 Community Leadership Award for his nonprofit foundation’s education and crime prevention programs for Houston-area students.

Even with his illustrious career as a physician, an astronaut and a businessman, Harris said in an interview that he considers starting the Harris Foundation his biggest accomplishment.

“I see the foundation as the greatest investment I can not only make for myself but for my community and the country,” said the 54-year-old Texan whose long list of “firsts” includes participating in the first joint Russian-American space flight. “My goal is to enable our youth to do and become whatever they want in life.”

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