Community Action, Inc. of Rock & Walworth Counties Director of Community Programs, Marc Perry, received the 2014 UAW Local 95 Civil Rights Service Award for his work on social justice and civil rights issues. On January 11, 2014, a Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration was held at Blackhawk Technical College where youth was the main focus. Young people entertained those gathered at the event with dramatic readings, music and a video presentation. Young people were honored as well for their essays prepared for the event.

Also at the event, the 2014 UAW Local 95 Civil Rights Service Award was presented. The award recognizes local people who have worked to improve race relations and diversity. Marc Perry’s nominators said, “He is so immersed in this work that it’s hard to separate his work life from his non work activities. It is fair to say that Marc walks his talk all of the time. Between working with youth, staff members, and other adults, Marc is helping to implement the Dream of Dr. King.”

Within Community Action, Marc Perry authored the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion statement. He also helped lead the staff of color in roundtable discussions, giving them the opportunity to express themselves and find their voice in their work environment. Perry has been a role model and mentor for staff and program participants.

Perry has also participated in the Diversity Action Team of Rock County’s Study Circles at the Janesville Gazette. Perry has facilitated workshops on diversity and inclusion for the Janesville Police Department. He also sits on that department’s African American Advisory Committee. He assists the Janesville and Beloit School Districts on diversity and inclusion issues and sits on the School District of Janesville’s Diversity Committee.

Lisa Furseth, Executive Director for Community Action says “This award is a tremendous honor. As an advocate for social justice and promoter of civil rights, we were thrilled to hear of Marc’s nomination and acceptance of this deserving award. At Community Action, we all congratulate Marc and wish him continued success in making the community a better place to live. Please join us in congratulating him.”