Perry, Eugene E.


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Perry, Eugene E.
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Eugene Perry was the first Black student to graduate from Elon College, in 1969.
Eugene Perry grew up in Burlington, NC. He graduated from the all-Black Jordan Sellars High School. He Enrolled at Elon College in the fall of 1965 as a commuter student. Perry described feeling supported by some faculty members and students, including President James Early Danieley. However, he acknowledged feeling disappointment by the lack of overall support and friendship from faculty and students. He recalled hearing racial slurs yelled from dormitory windows He did make connections as a member of the marching band. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Social Science/Secondary Education in 1969. He attended Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, earned a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Theology in 1973. During his career he served as a teacher, a Navy chaplain, and a drug rehabilitation counselor.
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