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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Music Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Meatballs
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Man Comes To Earth Unarmed Except For His Mind; His Brain Is His Only Weapon.

Birthplace

Born:
12/27/1924
Birth Location:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Music Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Meatballs
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Man Comes To Earth Unarmed Except For His Mind; His Brain Is His Only Weapon.

Birthplace

Born:
12/27/1924
Birth Location:
Baton Rouge
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Biography

Retired educator Huel Davis Perkins was born on December 27, 1924 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Between 1943 and 1946, Perkins served in the U.S. Navy as a musician first class. He graduated from Southern University with highest honors in 1947.

From 1948 to 1950, Perkins worked as a music instructor at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Perkins then served as an associate professor of music at Southern University from 1951 through 1960. During this time, Perkins also completed his M.A. degree in music from Northwestern University in 1951 and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1958. From 1968 to 1978, Perkins served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Southern University. In addition, Perkins was appointed as the deputy director of education programming at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. in 1978. Perkins then commenced a long tenure at Louisiana State University where he served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1979 through 1990 and as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor and Special Assistant to the Chancellor from 1990 through 1998. In 1996, President Bill Clinton appointed Perkins to the Board of Advisors of the J.W. Fulbright foreign scholarship program. He served in this capacity until 2002. Perkins then founded Huel D. Perkins & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm and speakers bureau. He serves as its president. Perkins has also served as Chairman on the Education Foundation of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and has served as Grand Sire Archon of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. In 2005, Louisiana State University acknowledged Perkins’ years of service by awarding him the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and naming a doctoral fellowship program after him.

Perkins has also been honored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (Humanist of the Year); the National Conference of Christians and Jews (Brotherhood Award); the LSU Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa (Outstanding educator); the Baton Rouge Human Relations Council (Brotherhood Award); the Istrouma Area Council of Boy Scouts of America (Citizen of the Year); the Louisiana Chapter of NAACP (A. P. Turead Award); the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (Award of Merit) and received the Centennial Award given by Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He has served as a member of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Perkins has critiqued and published numerous books and articles on the African American experience in America. He has served on several dozen boards dealing with social and educational issues including the Baton Rouge Symphony, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Corp., and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Perkins is the recipient of many public service awards for his achievements both in the civic and academic communities.

Perkins is married to Thelma O. Smith. 2008 marks the couple’s sixtieth wedding anniversary. They have one child, Huel Alfred Perkins.

Perkins was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 26, 2008.

Dr. Huel Perkins passed away on April 15, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Huel D. Perkins describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Huel D. Perkins talks about the significance of his first name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Huel D. Perkins describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Huel D. Perkins describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Huel D. Perkins describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Huel D. Perkins describes his father's law career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Huel D. Perkins describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Huel D. Perkins describes how he takes after his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Huel D. Perkins describes his childhood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Huel D. Perkins describes his childhood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Huel D. Perkins recalls Mount Zion First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Huel D. Perkins talks about Reverend Gardner Taylor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Huel D. Perkins recalls his early musicianship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Huel D. Perkins recalls the musicians who served at Naval Station Great Lakes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Huel D. Perkins recalls his decision to return to Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Huel D. Perkins remembers his influential teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Huel D. Perkins recalls meeting his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Huel D. Perkins remembers his fiftieth wedding anniversary
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Huel D. Perkins describes his interdisciplinary teaching style
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Huel D. Perkins remembers his graduate studies in the humanities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Huel D. Perkins recalls student demonstrations at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Huel D. Perkins reflects upon Felton Grandison Clark's legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Huel D. Perkins talks about Valerian Smith's family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Huel D. Perkins remembers his students at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Huel D. Perkins describes his transition to academic administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Huel D. Perkins remembers joining the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Huel D. Perkins describes his career at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Huel D. Perkins talks about the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Huel D. Perkins describes his research on the Harlem Renaissance
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Huel D. Perkins talks about his published works
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Huel D. Perkins reflects upon the importance of the humanities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Huel D. Perkins describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Huel D. Perkins talks about his favorite figures in the humanities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Huel D. Perkins remembers influencing his students' interest in opera
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Huel D. Perkins talks about 'Cyrano de Bergerac' by Edmond Rostand
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Huel D. Perkins talks about 'The Fountainhead' by Ayn Rand
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Huel D. Perkins describes his civic activities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Huel D. Perkins reflects upon his health
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Huel D. Perkins reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Huel D. Perkins describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Huel D. Perkins narrates his photographs