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Alumnus Gerald Parker, Jr.

One of Dayton's Top Ten African American Men

Submitted on February 12, 2018

Gerald Parker, Jr., Georgetown College Class of 2004, is among Parity, Inc.’s 2018 Top Ten African American Men. The prestigious honor will be formally bestowed at a luncheon Thursday (Feb. 15) in Dayton, Ohio.

Parity, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission that includes “improving and strengthening the educational, economic, and social opportunities for African Americans in Montgomery County.”

Parker is Montgomery County (Ohio) Juvenile Court Magistrate and primarily presides over juvenile delinquency and traffic cases. He serves as vice chair of the Dayton Bar Association’s Juvenile Law Committee.

According to information from Parity, Inc., Parker is being recognized as the creator of an after-school “CrossFit” program for at-risk youth where court-involved juveniles are brought to Centerville CrossFit (Dayton) for intense workouts, learning of life skills while building self-esteem, discipline & character. He also is being honored for having raised thousands of dollars for Building Bridges, Inc., which is a private partner with the juvenile court.

In addition, Parity, Inc. noted that Parker frequently volunteers his time to speak with felons about sealing or expunging their criminal records and assisting them in receiving their Certificate of Qualifications for Employment. Also, he mentors students at the University Of Dayton School Of Law and speaks a local churches and high schools.

He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Parker recently returned to campus and spoke to Georgetown College students as part of the school’s Diverse Leadership Series sponsored by its Graves Center for Calling and Career and Bishop Scholars Program.

This is the 25th year for Parity, Inc. to celebrate mentors, role models, and philanthropists. Since its start, 250 men have been honored.

Tickets for the luncheon are $70 at the door. The event will be held 11:30 A.M. to 1 p.m. at the Ponitz Center on the campus of Sinclair Community College, downtown Dayton.

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