Host Jim Welch showcases Matthew Perry in this episode of Profile. Matthew Perry is known as one of the leading figures in the fight for equal rights for African Americans in South Carolina. At the time this episode aired, Perry had been appointed judge to the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, in Washington, D.C. Judge Perry discusses on his career, involvement with the Civil Rights Movement in S.C., and his appointment to the U.S. Court of Military Appeals. 

 

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Matthew Perry - Judge, Part 1 | Profile
Matthew Perry - Judge, Part 1 | Profile

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Matthew Perry was born in Columbia, South Carolina, on August 3, 1921. Perry grew up in Columbia, and attended South Carolina State University, where he studied business administration. His education...
Matthew Perry - Judge, Part 2 | Profile
Matthew Perry - Judge, Part 2 | Profile

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Upon returning home to Columbia, Matthew Perry established the Jenkins and Perry Law Firm, and became the chief legal counsel for the S.C. NAACP, where he began the battle toward the desegregation of...
Matthew Perry - Judge, Part 3 | Profile
Matthew Perry - Judge, Part 3 | Profile

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In 1975, after a nomination from Senator Strom Thurmond, then President Gerald Ford nominated Matthew Perry to a position on the U.S. Court of Military Appeals. Perry discusses what the Court of...