Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Program Manager
Marc Perry is a Program Manager for the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) initiative funded through the WK Kellogg Foundation. He is responsible for developing and implementing the community-based racial healing framework through direct involvement of community residents, partner organizations and other local stakeholders in generating grant-making portfolios in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Marc brings to TRHT and the broader FFL team his training as a cultural anthropologist whose research, scholarship and teaching has centered on race and social activism in the U.S., Caribbean and wider African Diaspora. He has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Tulane University, and has also taught at the University of New Orleans and the Bard Early College Program in New Orleans. His recent book, “Negro Soy Yo: Hip Hop and Raced Citizenship in Neoliberal Cuba,” examines race, activism and social transformation in Cuba through the lens of Cuba’s hip-hop movement. His recent scholarship explores the shifting racial and class landscape of post-Katrina New Orleans in relationship to local African-American cultural traditions and practitioners.
Marc has previous backgrounds in documentary filmmaking, broadcast journalism, and independent media in South Africa in addition to juvenile-justice reform work in New York City. He has collaborated on “Surviving Solitary,’ a multimedia public-education project relating to the life of Herman Wallace, the late Black Panther and Angola 3 member who unjustly spent 42 years in solitary confinement in Louisiana state prisons. Marc also is an active board member of the New Orleans-based Patois International Human Rights Film Festival.
Marc has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Cultural Anthropology for the University of Austin, Texas, a B.A. in Africana Studies from Vassar College, and has worked in Kenya, South Africa and Cuba.