A Tribute to Carl D. Perkins

Director: Dee Davis, Anne Johnson
Release Year: 1984
Running Time: 28:39
Original Format: 3/4" Umatic
Color / B&W: color

“He had the largest hand I ever shook‑‑with the possible exception of Ken Risner down on Ogden‑‑and I would say, metaphorically speaking, he had the biggest heart that I know anything about.” ‑author James Still

Carl D. Perkins was sworn into office as representative of Kentucky’s mountainous Seventh Congressional District in January of 1949 and was serving his seventeenth term when he died suddenly on August 3, 1984. A brillant legislative strategist and home‑style politician who never seemed to forgot a constituent’s name, Perkins served as chairman of the powerful House Committee on Education and Labor where he sponsored bills that established and expanded Vocational Rehabilation and Education Programs, the National Defense Student Loan Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Chapter I), and the 1969 Coal Mine Health and Safety Act, which gave the federal government a mandate to protect coal miners and established the Black Lung Benefits Program. Most of A Tribute to Carl D. Perkins was videotaped in his hometown of Hindman, Kentucky as more than a hundred members of the United States Congress and over three thousand Kentuckians paid their last respects. The program includes remarks by friends and loved ones, and eulogies by former Senate Majority leader Jim Wright, former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, and Senator Edward Kennedy.

Festivals and Screenings

Kentucky Educational Television

WSWP/Beckley, WV

Blue Ridge Public Television

WSJK/Knoville