Florida Supreme Court Justice E. C. Perry and his wife Adrienne

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Florida Supreme Court Justice E. C. Perry and his wife Adrienne

Florida Supreme Court Justice E. C. Perry and his wife Adrienne

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jtracy
February 24, 2017

Justice James E. C. Perry served as the first African-American judge appointed to the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit. Justice Perry served as Chief Judge of the Circuit Court beginning in July 2003. In March 2009, Justice James E. C. Perry became the fourth African-American to serve as Florida Supreme Court Justice. Justice Perry retired from the Florida Supreme Court on December 30, 2016.

Adrienne Perry, a professor of education at Stetson University, served as the first black mayor of Longwood.

Justice Perry and his wife Adrienne Perry have three children.

Their children, Jaimon and Kamilah Perry, are attorneys with The Perry Law Group,and Willis Perry is a human resources manager.

Listen as Justice Perry discusses the importance of civic education and participation in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Florida Supreme Court Justice James E. C. Perry at the Orlando Public Library on December 19, 2017.

LISTEN Part V (15:30)

At the election before the last, I'm not sure about what the statistics were in the last election, but in 2012 a half a million people who voted for the top of the ticket, that is the governor, did not vote for Supreme Court Justices. Did not vote at all. And if you asked people who the Supreme Court Justices are they couldn't name one. Nor do they understand our role. That's why you need civic education. And you know, our system requires participation of the public. It's not where you just sit back and watch like you watch a football game. Because we the people mean all of us. And I would encourage people to participate. Not just vote, but to run for public office. And start at the lowest level and do your part. If everybody does a little then we can accomplish a lot. But if you sit back and wait for the special interest to take care of you, they will not take care of you. You have to take care of yourself....

Photo courtesy of the Florida Supreme Court Justice James E. C. Perry Archives.

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