Waco-based economist Ray Perryman, who frequently weighs in on issues affecting the local, state and national economies, has been named as a recipient of the 2016 Cesar E. Chavez Conscience Builder Award by the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation.
The award was presented during the foundation’s annual scholarship gala in San Antonio.
The citation called Perryman “a champion and guardian of the conscience and human dignity” and noted that “his life is a testimony centered on these core values.”
Foundation president Jaime Martinez, a friend and contemporary of Chavez, who was a labor and civil rights leader who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, said Perryman’s life has been defined by “respect for human dignity” and centered on the “unifying principles of God, family and serving others.”
The citation discussed Perryman’s career and impact as an influential economist, with emphasis on work he has provided free of charge related to hunger, child maltreatment, cultural awareness, indigent health care, immigration reform, educational opportunity, drug abuse and homelessness.