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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Worker
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Grits
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
If It Is Going To Be, It Is Up To Me.

Birthplace

Born:
6/10/1947
Birth Location:
Columbia, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Worker
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Grits
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
If It Is Going To Be, It Is Up To Me.

Birthplace

Born:
6/10/1947
Birth Location:
Columbia
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Biography

June Martin Perry was born on June 10, 1947, and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. She received her B.A. degree from North Carolina Central University. Perry attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and received her M.S. degree in social work in 1971. She has also completed her course work for a Ph.D. in urban studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Perry and fellow social worker Geri McFadden started New Concept Development Center, Inc., in 1975 to address what they saw as a lack of local social services, specifically those for African Americans. New Concept is a non-profit social services agency that targets African Americans. Services include family counseling, housing, and employment assistance, as well as case management for HIV patients. In the 1980s, New Concept expanded into a greater set of social services by starting a mentoring program for girls at the Hillside Housing Project, providing a Youth Motivation Seminar for Role Models and Youth, and developing its first youth-managed and operated business through its youth entrepreneurship program. In 1986, New Concept authored a Blue Ribbon report on Teen Pregnancy Prevention for the City of Milwaukee. New Concept developed the first Prenatal Care Program which soon became the model for Title XIX benefits. In the 1990s, New Concept Development Center again expanded its services by opening Milwaukee’s first Father’s Resource Center and developing a First-time Juvenile Offenders Program which became a model for Milwaukee County. What began as a two-woman operation has grown into a 50-employee business serving more than 7,000 families a year operating a budget of $2.5 million. After retiring from New Concept Development Center in 2006, Perry created Access 2 Success, an organization which acts as a technical assistance intermediary between business, government and non-profits to expand the capacity for non-profit sustainability and strategic planning.

Perry is the recipient of many awards including the Sacajawea Trailblazer Award, the Woman of Influence Award, Mentor of the Year, the Black Women’s Network Lifetime Leader Award, the Kraft Foods - Essence Award, the Black Administrators in Child Welfare Long Term Leaders Award, and the Community Service Award from SET Ministries. Perry’s current volunteer involvement includes being a founding member of the African American Women’s Fund, membership on the board of directors of the Aurora Health Care Metro Region, and the oversight and advisory committee for the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership for the University of Wisconsin School of Public Health. Perry is also an independent travel agent for Keystone Travel. She has recently traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Turkey, France, Italy, and Mexico.

Perry has two adult children and enjoys spending time with her life partner, Bill Stevens.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - June M. Perry describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - June M. Perry describes her maternal grandfather's career as an electrician
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - June M. Perry talks about her family's roots in Africa
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - June M. Perry describes her paternal ancestry in Jenkinsville, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - June M. Perry describes her mother's upbringing in South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - June M. Perry describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - June M. Perry describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - June M. Perry describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - June M. Perry describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - June M. Perry describes the role of religion in her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - June M. Perry describes her community in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - June M. Perry describes her grade school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - June M. Perry recalls experiencing racial discrimination in the late 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - June M. Perry remembers C.A. Johnson High School in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - June M. Perry recalls her brother's sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - June M. Perry remembers North Carolina College at Durham
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - June M. Perry recalls meeting Howard Fuller in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - June M. Perry recalls her decision to study at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - June M. Perry remembers moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - June M. Perry describes her community organizing work in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - June M. Perry describes the Organization of Organizations' role in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - June M. Perry recalls her community at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - June M. Perry recalls her work at the Wisconsin Department of Public Welfare
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - June M. Perry describes racial segregation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - June M. Perry describes her work as a child abuse investigator in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - June M. Perry recalls the psychological toll of child abuse casework
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - June M. Perry recalls founding the New Concept Self Development Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - June M. Perry describes her parental counseling services
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - June M. Perry describes the problems in the Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - June M. Perry describes the Each One Reach One mentoring program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - June M. Perry describes her work with teenage parents
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - June M. Perry describes her preparations for retirement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - June M. Perry describes the programs at the New Concept Self Development Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - June M. Perry describes her work to decrease childhood incarceration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - June M. Perry reflects upon her career at the New Concept Self Development Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - June M. Perry reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - June M. Perry describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - June M. Perry reflects upon her family life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - June M. Perry describes her plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - June M. Perry narrates her photographs