Russell M. Perry

Inducted: 2009

RUSSELL M. PERRY (1939- ) founded the Black Chronicle in 1979, serving as co-publisher of the historic Black Dispatch. A graduate of Douglass High School, Perry attended Maryland State College. He is president of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting, which owns 16 radio stations in Oklahoma, South Carolina and Georgia. He was Commerce Secretary in the Keating administration; served on the boards of numerous civic organizations and banks; is a member of state, county and local commissions; and is a member of an advisory committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Perry is a member of the Oklahoma Afro American, Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and American Urban Knight Halls of Fame, and was inducted into the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation Wall of Fame.