RAYMOND – Educators are invited to a free seminar at Hinds Community College by Dr. Steve Perry, who has written a book called “Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve – Even If It Means Picking A Fight.”
Perry, who specializes in issues of African American Males, is speaking at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 19 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus. His visit is sponsored by the Minority Male Leadership Initiative (M2M), which is based at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on Sunset Drive.
The goal of the seminar is to “acquaint educators with excellent strategies and tips on how to help African American males and other under-resourced students in the classroom,” said Dr. Joyce Scott, director of M2M. “The seminar will further provide guidance and capacity building training.”
Perry is nationally known for his presentations, including a TVONE docudrama “Save My Son.” He began a charter school with a 100 percent success rate in terms of graduation and retention and then he succeeded with a 100 percent college entrance rate, Scott said.
“He works with the poorest of the poor in the Connecticut area and deals with students who are under-resourced, just like the students we deal with, particularly in the M2M projects,” Scott said.
Perry is a strong advocate of personal and civic responsibility in all aspects of life. He emphasizes the social issues that aim at building up both the individual and the community so that the next generation can be better contributing members of society.