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Educator, TV Personality Steve Perry to Speak at Clark Atlanta University June 26

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  • Date: 6/9/2014
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ATLANTA (June 9, 2014) –Innovative educator Steve Perry will deliver the keynote address June 26 during Clark Atlanta University’s (CAU) Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Annual Conference on campus, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W., Atlanta 30314.  Early registration by June 20 is $125; after June 20 the cost is $150.  Participants may register online at

            Perry is the founder and principal of what U.S. News and World Report has cited as one of the top schools in the country, Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn.  Capital Prep has sent 100 percent of its predominantly low-income, minority, first-generation high school graduates to four-year colleges every year since its first class graduated in 2006.

            Featured in CNN's “Black in America” series, Perry, a native of Middletown, Conn., says he is in a hurry to transform his community.  Born into his family’s third generation of poverty on his mother’s 16th birthday, Perry believes that the success of a life is determined by where you end, not where you start.  It is this philosophy that inspired him to transform the lives of poor and minority children helping them secure access to a college education.

            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.  His secrets to success and calls to action are revealed in his new book, “Push Has Come To Shove: Getting Our Kids The Education They Deserve – Even If It Means Picking A Fight.”  Perry is an education contributor for CNN and MSNBC, an Essence magazine columnist, best-selling author, and host of the #1 docudrama for TVONE, “Save My Son.”  He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and the Ed.D. degree in educational leadership from the University of Hartford.  

            CAU’s Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Annual Conference will include four workshops in the areas of ethics, human trafficking, agency leadership and child welfare policies.  Early registration ($125) closes June 20.  After June 20, the cost is $150.  Registration is required and may be secured at or participants can make checks and money orders payable to the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work.  Call 404-880-8549 for more information.

About the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work

            The Atlanta University School of Social Work (now the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work) was established on October 4, 1920, to meet the training needs of African-Americans entering the profession of social work and African-American social workers employed in social welfare agencies.  This was the first social work program established in the state of Georgia and also was the first social work program at a historically black college or university.

            Under the leadership of Dean Vimali Pillari, the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work continues its mission to advance the aims of the profession through education for excellence in social work practice.  The School utilizes an Afrocentric perspective and autonomous social work practice model heavily guided by humanistic values, and seeks to educate students who demonstrate a heightened sense of social consciousness to be creative, responsible social work professionals committed to the search for solutions to problems of poverty and varied forms of oppression in society, while preserving the heritage of African-American people.  The emphasis is to prepare graduates to search for solutions to problems, especially as they affect the African-American community, with a focus on children, families, and males within the context of family and community.  The School is committed to the core values of the profession, including the promotion of social justice; a responsibility to serve oppressed, at-risk members of society; and the responsible application of professional values and ethics in practice.