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Feb. 22: Urban Public Education Advocate Steve Perry To Deliver Carnegie Mellon Black History Month Keynote Address

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Abby Houck
412-268-4290
ahouck@andrew.cmu.edu

Urban Public Education Advocate Steve Perry To Deliver
Carnegie Mellon Black History Month Keynote Address

PITTSBURGH—Steve Perry, a nationally recognized advocate for urban public education, will deliver Carnegie Mellon University's Black History Month keynote address at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24 in McConomy Auditorium, University Center.

Perry was born in Middletown, Conn., on his mother's 16th birthday. Before age 25, he founded a homeless shelter in his hometown, directed a grassroots organization near Philadelphia, received a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, ran for a state representative's seat and published four books.

In 1998, he founded the Connecticut College Awareness Program at Capital Community College. The program has sent all of its low-income, first-generation graduates to four-year colleges. In 2004, Perry founded the Capitol Preparatory Magnet School (Capital Prep) as part of Hartford Public Schools. U.S. News and World Report magazine has recognized Capital Prep on its list of "America's Best High Schools." Perry now serves as the school's principal and is a regular education contributor on CNN, MSNBC and FOX.

Pittsburgh community members may reserve tickets for this free lecture by contacting M. Shernell Smith in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at 412-268-2075 or mssmith@andrew.cmu.edu. Carnegie Mellon students, faculty and staff with a valid ID may pick up tickets at the University Center Information Desk. Additional information on the keynote address is available at http://www.cmu.edu/uls/february/perry.html.

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