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Gary Kinté Perry, Ph.D. 1
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Gary Kinté Perry, Ph.D.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS / Anti-Racist Community Organizer & Black Sociologist

Brother Gary Kinté Perry is the youngest son of the late Albert Prince Perry, Sr., and the late Marion Fannie Peterson Perry. He was born and nurtured in Franklin, Louisiana: a small, predominantly Black community nestled along the bayous and the former sugarcane plantations of South Louisiana.

For as long as he can remember, Brother Perry has been a community organizer/activist. Community organizing has been a hallmark of his upbringing and his present reality. Brother Perry infuses his anti-racist community organizing in his life as an educator, a storyteller, and an expression of queer Blackness. He has been fortunate to organize with and to learn from powerful collectives such as Black Women for Wellness, the Black Prisoners’ Caucus, Communities Against Rape and Abuse, the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, and the Village of Hope – Seattle (to name only a few).

A love for learning was instilled in Brother Perry by his late mother. This love for learning led him to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Southern University and A&M College – Baton Rouge, LA, in 1999. He earned his Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Arkansas in 2001. In 2005, he earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005.

Since 2005, Brother Perry has been a member of the sociology program at Seattle University, and he has been affiliated with Seattle University’s African and African-American Studies as well as the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Programs.

Bro. Perry is currently working to complete his first book, which is tentatively titled The Power of Black Spaces: How we Resist the Erosion and Erasure of Black Bodies throughout the African Diaspora.

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