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The Perkins Platform

The Perkins Platform


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This show features the opinons and experiences of international leaders in education focusing on the challenges and promise of providing quality education to all.

Upcoming Broadcasts

Join us on Wednesday, April 21 @ 11:30pm EST for a two-part informative conversation. First, my daughter, Arin, will join me to discuss the award-winning book, The Poisoned City, by Anna Clark. Ms. Clark, a journalist living in Detroit lays out a compelling story layered with politics and history. We will discuss the details of what Ms. Clark uncovered in her research. Then, the 2nd part of the hour will be spent with CEO of the National Center for African American Health Consciousness, E. Yvonne Lewis, to discuss her leadership in Flint, Michigan, with the public water crisis. Through the National Center, Yvonne facilitates community education and awareness efforts, serving in a leadership role, organizing and facilitating education and information sessions with a focus on improving the health and wellbeing of community residents. She is the Co-Director of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center, a Community/Academic Partnership with Community, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Flint Campuses, focused on enhancing research efforts that will improve the health of our community. She is also the Community Co-Principal Investigator for the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions, a National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)-funded Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC). Yvonne represents a community perspective on several committees and Boards at the local, state and national level including the National Mass Violence & Victimization Resource Center Advisory Council. Yvonne assisted in the development of and moderated the University of Michigan-Flint, Water Crisis Course. The Water Crisis Course focused on issues of the Flint Water Crisis and provided a platform for the voice of the community to be heard.
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This broadcast is the first in a 4-part series using the critically acclaimed manuscript from James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time. As part of their father-daughter book club, Dr. Perkins will introduce his daughter, Arin, as a... more

Tune in on Thursday, March 11 @ 12pm EST for another impactful conversation expanding on the data surrounding the increase in teen suicides in the US. Dr. Crystal L. Barksdale, Chief of the Minority Mental Health Research Program for... more

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