Dr. Steve Perry Kicks Off Springfield’s Lift Every Voice Lecture Series
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)– Reverend Talbert Swan is looking to unite the community through his 4th annual “Lift Every Voice” Black History Month lecture series. It provides a forum to address issues not only in the African-American community, but beyond. This first lecture zeros in on education. “In Springfield, alone, we’ve got 11 chronically underperforming schools. We need to do a better job in terms of educating our young people,” said Rev. Talbert Swan.
His first guest is Dr. Steve Perry, CNN Education Contributor, Author, and Principal of Hartford’s Capital Preparatory Magnet School, where 100% of students graduate and go on to college. “This year we have 2,826 applicants on our waiting list right now. It’s pretty disgusting. Not something that I’m proud of. The politicians get in the way of creating more of them,” Dr. Perry shared.
Dr. Perry believes that the education system is broken, with people who are not truly there to help students, and is upset that income remains a barrier. “We’re going to win. We are winning. We’re going to win. You can’t keep telling people that poverty is the reason why their kids are not smart,”
Events like Lift Every Voice will help get the conversation moving. Dr. Perry says it’s equally important to have two African-American males are at the helm. “It’s vital for all communities to see African American men are taking responsibility. No longer can we sit on the sidelines. There’s no bench. We can’t sit on the sidelines,” he stated.
The series starts tonight at Springfield’s Spring of Hope Church of God in Christ at 35 Alden Street, starting at 6:30 pm.