Black History Month Profile: Rick Perkins
Name: Rick Perkins
City of Residence: Victoria
Why are you proud to be black?
Because of my upbringing and where I was reared, pride in oneself is second nature to me. And with that said, I was encouraged to strive for excellence and that end result fostered personal pride and, hopefully, made my folks proud of me.
Why is it important to recognize black history?
Our youth should know and understand the sacrifices given during the Civil Rights Movement to gain equality - and presently, this is not a perfect world, which reminds us of the preaching of African-American parents and grandparents during the 50's, 60's and 70's: Education, education, education.
Who is your role model and why?
That is difficult to answer because for me, it is quite a few people who, as a youth, mentored me to be the best I could be at all tasks. I was inspired by M.L. King and mentored by George Hudson, Harriet Bluiett and Raymond Winston, to name a few. It takes a village to raise a child.