Perkins Named One of the NAACP’s Men of Valor

LOS ANGELES (June 24, 2015) – Earl R. Perkins, assistant superintendent for school operations in the Los Angeles Unified School District, recently received an esteemed award from the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. 
Perkins was one of eight people honored with the Los Angeles NAACP Youth Council Men of Valor Award. The citation recognizes those who are: helping others by acting as positive role models; and achieving and contributing to society, especially to African Americans.
Past award recipients include: Los Angeles Councilman Bernard Parks; Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas; Los Angeles Fire Chief Douglas Barry; KABC-TV co-anchor Marc Brown; actor Glynn Turman; David L. Brewer III, former superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School; and the Rev. Cecil L. (Chip) Murray, pastor emeritus of First African Methodist Episcopal Church.

"I am very honored to have received this award, especially from the NAACP, one of the longest tenured civil rights organizations in the nation,” Perkins said. “Today, we must focus on our young people who will be the professionals and voters of tomorrow. If changes will happen for African-American folks, we must educate and prepare our youth to meet the challenge."

The awards were presented at a luncheon last Saturday at the Doubletree by Hilton in Torrance. Honored guests received a plaque, along with proclamations from Los Angeles city officials.
The ceremony marked the 18th time the chapter’s Youth Council presented the annual awards. The council, composed of teenagers, based their selections on who the award recipients are and what they do, while determining their worth as role models for Los Angeles youth.
Perkins has been a veteran Los Angeles Unified administrator for nearly 40 years. He was promoted in 2007 to his current role as assistant superintendent of School Operations. He oversees efforts to help schools focus on safety, student discipline, human relations, diversity and equity, athletics among other areas. Under his guidance, school campuses became safer, and learning improved.

He was appointed as assistant superintendent, Special Projects in December 2005 by former Superintendent of Schools Roy Romer. In that role, he headed the District’s transformational schools, taking on 17 of the lowest performing high schools and 10 middle schools.
Earlier, he served in several administrative roles, including stints at Los Angeles High School, Fairfax High School, Audubon Middle School, Horace Mann Middle School, Bancroft Middle School, Bret Harte Middle School, Burroughs Middle School and Mid-City Prescott Magnet Span School.
He also held a number of roles as a teacher, specialist, coach, youth services supervisor, and coordinator at Birdie Lee Bright Elementary School, 109 Street Elementary, Budlong Elementary, Main Street Elementary, Figueroa Elementary, 116th Street Elementary, West Vernon Elementary, Western Elementary and Foshay Middle School, now known as Foshay Learning Center.
Perkins has been involved in community and education leadership organizations for years. He served as past president of the Council of Black Administrators, Multi-Cultural Coalition, the Association of California School Administrators and other groups. He is a devoted member of the Brookins Community African Methodist Episcopal Church.
“You are helping to make positive differences in the lives of others,” a letter from Los Angeles NAACP officials to the award winners said. “Your achievements are motivators for others. You are a role model for those yet to achieve and your contributions to society are immeasurable.

“We hope that you are as excited about receiving this nomination, as we are to honor you for all that you have done, for all that you are doing and for all that you will continue to do to motivate our youth to reach their goal.”

Contact: Daryl Strickland (213) 241-6766

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