Gary is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California, Berkeley. The founder and former Executive Director of the Applied Research Center, he is a nationally recognized researcher, lecturer, and activist on issues of race and social justice. Gary was one of the initial organizers of ACORN, a lead organizer with the National Welfare Rights Organization, and cofounder and director of the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO). Gary received the prestigious Bannerman Fellowship for activists of color; he’s been recognized as a Hellraiser by Mother Jones magazine; and was profiled as a one of 61 Visionaries by the Utne Reader.
Active in both the organizing and the academic communities, he received his B.A. from SUNY Old Westbury in 1972, an M.A. in Urban Affairs from CUNY (Queens College) in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley in 1983, where he was awarded Danforth and Whitney
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