Human Rights Commission to honor Perkinson with William R. Laws Award

The Columbus Human Rights Commission has announced this year’s William R. Laws Human Rights Award — Larry Perkinson.

Perkinson, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.’s employee and student assistance director, was nominated by former Columbus Police Chief Jason Maddix.

In Perkinson’s 40 years in the field of education, he has worked with students, their families, and school faculty regarding issues of discrimination, substance abuse, homelessness, bullying, suicide, and domestic violence, the commission said.

He will be honored at the commission’s annual dinner at 6L30 p.m. May 11 at The Commons, 300 Washington St.

Guest speaker will be Sheila Suess Kennedy, a professor of law and public policy at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

Admission to the dinner is by advance ticket purchase. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased for $30 per person. Ticket sales will begin on Wednesday, April 12. Tickets can be purchased at the Human Rights Commission office located in City Hall at 123 Washington St. or online at Tickets for tables of 8 may be purchased. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, May 5 at 5 p.m.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.