by Kunbi Tinuoye -thegrio.com
Dr. Steve Perry is a rebel with a cause. He is an innovative educator who has dedicated his entire professional life to transforming the lives of low-income families and minority children.
Using his charismatic oratory and leadership skills, Dr. Perry has been on a mission to educate others, especially people of color, to create a better life for themselves and their communities.
It is exactly this passion that inspired Dr. Perry to establish a magnet public school in a socially deprived, ethnically diverse area in downtown Hartford, Connecticut.
Under his leadership the PK-12 school is renowned for sending 100 percent of its students to four-year colleges, since its first class graduated in 2006.
Aside from his day job as principal at Capital Preparatory Magnet School, Dr. Perry is also an author, television host and outspoken media pundit who tackles issues relating to the African-American community, especially the complexities of raising black boys in a system stacked against them.
Over the weekend Dr. Perry took time from his demanding schedule to participate in the seventh Disney Dreamers Academy in Orlando, Florida. During the event, theGrio caught up with Dr. Perry to chat about his involvement.