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Dr. Steve Perry as Black History Month Keynote Speaker

perryBATON ROUGE, LA -- In honor of Black History Month, Baton Rouge Community College's (BRCC) Office of Student Programs and Resources and Student Government Association will host acclaimed educator, Dr. Steve Perry, as the keynote speaker at its Black History Celebration. As part of its "A Legacy of Strength, A Future of Hope!" month-long fete. The celebration will be held on Feb. 21 on BRCC's Mid City campus in the Magnolia Theater at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Known for his work as former principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., Dr. Steve Perry has become a national icon in the education revolution. The nation became familiar with Perry when Capital Prep boasted the promotion of 100 percent of its predominantly low-income, minority, first generation high school graduates to four-year colleges in 2006 - its first graduating class. The school has maintained the record every year thereafter. Subsequently the success led Perry to start Capital Preparatory Schools in 2012, with the objective to open schools that provide as many low income students/families with an educational experience that he considers a right, not just an opportunity.

It is Perry's belief that in order to best educate a child, you must treat them and their family as your family. He exemplifies this practice throughout his work in schools and with school communities throughout the country. He considers the current state of education as being in crisis, and when he speaks, it is a call to action to ignite an urgency to save the children. His words are personal, brilliant and heartfelt, motivating people throughout the country to take action and become active in educational reform to save their communities.

Perry has been featured on CNN's Black in America series, and has been an education contributor for CNN and MSNBC, an Essence Magazine columnist, and host of TVONE's "Save My Son."

The event is intended to be an educational experience, where culture is celebrated and history is appreciated, in efforts to guide students to a more pertinent and relevant understanding of themselves and others. Along with Perry's keynote address, the program will feature student performances.

The Black History Month Celebration is free and open to the public. A reception will be held following the program. For more information about the Black History Month events being held at BRCC, visit http://www.mybrcc.edu/news/bhm17.php.

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