Garry A. Mendez Jr. '58 P'96 will speak on “Converting Dreams to Action” at the Colleges' service honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
This year's observance has “Mentoring and Service” as its theme, and is organized in memory of Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat in 1955 led to the modern civil rights movement, who died Oct. 25 at age 92.
Mendez, an author, public scholar and community activist, is executive director and founder of The National Trust for the Development of African-American Men, based in Riverdale, Md., which uses practical and creative management techniques to identify and address the problems facing African-American men. The Trust focuses primarily on the areas of health, crime prevention, leadership training, education and economic development.
He is also the father of Garry Mendez III ’96.
Mendez specializes in crime prevention and re-entry programs; ex-offender placement and counseling; probation and parole policy development; police and community relations; evaluating police practices and procedures; and assisting with minority police and correctional officer recruitment.
After earning his bachelor's in sociology from Hobart College, he received a master's from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
He has been a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Justice, where he developed a value-based crime prevention approach to community and individual interventions.
Mendez is a consultant to the National Institute of Corrections, where he has assisted in developing individual intervention and re-entry programs working directly with community-based organizations. He is a former Director of Administration of Justice for the National Urban League, where he was responsible for assisting local Urban League affiliates with criminal justice-related program development and outreach.
He has written more than 30 publications and is a frequent guest commentator. He has held seminars at the International Parole Authorities Association, International Black Police Association, International Fatherhood Conference and several other national organizations.
In 1996, he was awarded The Medal of Excellence, the Hobart College Alumni Association's highest honor. While at these Colleges, he was a member of the football team, was recognized for his success as “Little All-American,” and is a member of the Hobart Statesmen Hall of Fame.
For more information on King's life and work, visit http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/index.htm.