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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Banker
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, Santa Barbara, California
Favorite Quote:
When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going.

Birthplace

Born:
11/10/1944
Birth Location:
Elmore City, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Banker
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, Santa Barbara, California
Favorite Quote:
When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going.

Birthplace

Born:
11/10/1944
Birth Location:
Elmore City
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Biography

Founder of the Black Board of Directors Project, Marvin Early Perry, was born on November 10, 1944, in Elmore City, Oklahoma. Perry earned his B.A. and M.S. degrees in economics from the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University respectively. Shortly thereafter, Perry graduated from the American Bankers Association Commercial Lending School, beginning his professional career in banking.

In response to the vastly underrepresented amount of minorities on corporate boards, Perry founded the Black Board of Directors Project in Phoenix, Arizona in 1984. The project’s purpose is promoting the involvement of minorities in executive positions within corporate, nonprofit, and public policy making institutions at the state and national level. In the organization’s history, which spans over two decades, the Black Board of Directors Project has placed over 1,800 blacks and other minorities on various boards and commissions. By facilitating seminars and conferences centered on corporate board education, Perry hopes to empower members of Arizona’s black community by encouraging them to seek board membership on a corporate level. In doing so, local businesses and agencies will involve more minorities in their policy-making processes.

In 1995, Perry broadened his commitment to community service by becoming a founding board member on the Arizona State University College of Extended Education Dean’s Council. Perry aided the College of Extended Education for years in its mission to broaden access to quality education to all learners in Maricopa County and beyond. His leadership helped the college reach out to Arizona’s traditional and nontraditional learners through innovative locations, methods, curricula, schedules and technologies to meet their lifelong learning needs.

Perry was awarded for his dedicated service to higher education in 2002 when he was given a Distinguished Service Award from Arizona State University, and again in 2007 by receiving an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Advancing Technology. In 2008, Perry selected as the co-recipient of the Arizona State Bar of Arizona's Award of Appreciation.

Perry continues to expand his long history of civic involvement, including board service with the Arizona State Bar Association, the Hispanic Leadership Institute, the Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board, the Valley of the Sun United Way, the Scottsdale Cultural Center, as well as a list of municipal and county committees and boards. Perry also serves as President of P.E. International, a Phoenix-based marketing and public relations firm.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Marvin Perry's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Marvin Perry lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marvin Perry describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marvin Perry describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marvin Perry describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marvin Perry describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marvin Perry describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marvin Perry describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Marvin Perry remembers the Averitt View School in Elmore City, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Marvin Perry describes the community of Elmore City, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marvin Perry recalls the integration of the Katie School in Katie, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marvin Perry talks about the implementation of Brown v. Board of Education in the State of Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marvin Perry remembers his teachers at Katie School in Katie, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marvin Perry talks about his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marvin Perry talks about the integration of Elmore City High School in Elmore City, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marvin Perry remembers the teachers at Elmore City High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marvin Perry describes his experiences at Elmore City High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marvin Perry recalls his decision to move to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marvin Perry describes his decision to enroll at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marvin Perry talks about the segregation of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marvin Perry describes his decision to attend Central State College in Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marvin Perry remembers the assassinations of Medgar Evers and President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marvin Perry talks about the assassination of Malcolm X
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marvin Perry describes his experiences at Central State College in Edmonds, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Marvin Perry recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Marvin Perry talks about his decision to attend graduate school at Oklahoma State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Marvin Perry remembers his influential professors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marvin Perry remembers studying under Richard Leftwich at Oklahoma State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marvin Perry talks about his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marvin Perry describes how he came to work at the Omaha National Bank in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marvin Perry describes his role in the Midwest Executive Development Leadership Conference
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marvin Perry talks about his presidency of the Mid-City Business and Professional Association, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marvin Perry talks about his presidency of the Mid-City Business and Professional Association, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marvin Perry recalls his election as president of the Mid-City Business and Professional Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marvin Perry describes how he came to work for the Arizona Bank in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Marvin Perry remembers his first day in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Marvin Perry recalls his introduction to the African American community in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Marvin Perry describes his experiences of racial discrimination at the Arizona Bank in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Marvin Perry recalls filing an EEOC complaint against the Arizona Bank
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Marvin Perry talks about the Arizona Bank's investments in South Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Marvin Perry recalls the outcome of his discrimination case against the Arizona Bank
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Marvin Perry remembers partnering with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Marvin Perry talks about the Black Board of Directors Project
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Marvin Perry talks about his civic involvement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Marvin Perry describes his hopes for the future of black business
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Marvin Perry reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Marvin Perry describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Marvin Perry shares his advice for aspiring businesspeople
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Marvin Perry narrates his photographs