Dr. Steve Perry
We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
Born and reared in the housing projects of Middletown, Connecticut, Dr. Steve Perry lives each day to breed and breathe change into the black community. The son of a Caucasian teenage mother, and an African American teenage father, the journey to be the change began early on. While Steve Perry’s mother was organizing and chairing tenant association meetings and working towards creating a more livable and equitable set of circumstances for the residents consisting of mostly single mothers, at a young age, Steve made the decision to Say No to the drugs permeating his community.
Believing life is not determined by where you begin, but by the path chosen and where you end, Steve Perry adhered to the qualities exemplified by his mother as a leader and go-getter, as well as the disciplinary values offered to him by both his mother and aunt. His mother set the stage for the book, “Man Up! Nobody’s Coming to Save Us,” in that she not only loved her son, but reared her son to be responsible and accountable for his actions, as she insisted on commitment from commencement to completion of his educational and sports related obligations, to include the game of football. As a result of such, Dr. Perry went on to accomplish extra ordinary feats; the same feat he knows within his soul is inevitable for those who utilize any and all resources of support from family, friends, community organizations and the educational system.
Out of the heart of an impoverished community, this young man pursued and completed a Bachelors degree program in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island, a Masters program in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Hartford. As a humanitarian with philanthropic aspirations, he returned to his hometown community to serve as the director of a homeless shelter. Subsequently,
Dr. Perry started a non-profit organization for low income high school students aspiring to go to college. With its 100% record of college acceptance, Dr. Perry answered the call of said students’ parents, and founded and serves as the Principal of, Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. In its six years of noteworthy existence, Capital Preparatory Magnet School has maintained a 100% college acceptance record and is deemed one of the most successful schools in and arguably, throughout the nation.
Although Steve Perry’s oratorical prowess became apparent during his first speaking engagement at the age of fifteen, his authorship commenced during his initial college years when he authored his first fiction entitled, The Window Pain. While on tour promoting his second work of art entitled, Naked Eating Chinese Food, the birth of Man Up! Nobody’s Coming to Save Us was born. In an audience denouncing circumstances and historical occurrences,
Dr. Perry realized the need to call to order the full accountability of the black family and alternatively, the denouncement of the delinquency pervading the black community. Man Up! Nobody’s Coming to Save Us relays the message of Marcus Garvey, which states, “the character of a man is defined by never depending upon others to do for him what he ought to do for himself.” Transcending all cultures and ethnicities, this written work is a message for all persons in need of change.