Carrie Saxon Perry

May 18, 2011

Carrie Saxon Perry, community activist in Hartford, was interviewed in the late fall of 2010 for the CPTV original documentary, "The 60s inConnecticut."  While small portions of her interview do appear in the documentary, her full length interview is only available online.

Interview Synopsis:

In the 1960s Carrie Saxon Perry worked as a community activist in Hartford.  She experienced first hand the frustrations and rewards of rolling up her sleeves and helping the poor and disenfranchised in her home town.  

Ms. Perry attended Howard University as a law student during the Brown vs. Board of Education case.  Many of her professors were lawyers working on the case. While at Howard she experienced the tremendous cultural differences between the north and the south in America during the 1960s.

When Carrie Saxon Perry returned to Connecticut after law school, she immediately became a community volunteer. “There was so much going on it just propelled you to become an active participant and to be passionate and to work towards change.”  She became good friends with many of the major players in the social progress movement such as Maria Sanchez and Isabel Blake.  They advocated not only for African Americans but also for Latinos, the lower classes, and women.

See Carrie Saxon Perry and many others in the CPTV original documentary “The 60’s in Connecticut” airing on Connecticut Public Television.