Life of Perkins
He was born into a large family consisting of his 11 brothers and sisters. Even though he was not a part of the 'Stolen Generations', was taken away from his family.
He earned a good wage with his soccer career, but due to the spending he constantly did, he was unable to pay for his doctor fees, which was a terrible mistake. His kidney disease became increasingly worse as the years went by and he passed away because of it on the 18th of October, 2000 in Sydney.
The journey of University was initiated when he was accepted into Sydney University, because of his talent of soccer, it funded him through the whole adventure of his higher education.
He spent 3 years in the university from 1963 till 1966, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. During his study at the university, he became progressively more involved in the fight for Indigenous rights.
In the honour of Dr. Perkins, Sydney University have a centre named after him. In the centre their mission is to improve the quality of life by studying the main health issues in Australia, eg, obesity.
Rights and Freedoms for All
When the tour arrived at Walgett, it was forced to stop due to the rowdy protesting.
The year after Charles Perkins graduated university, the 1967 referendum was introduced, allowing Aboriginal people to be included in the census - the first step to them being recognised as people of the country, even though they had been allowed to vote since 1962 and had been recognised as Australian citizens in 1948, this was a large step towards the equality within the society.
After the referendum, the Aboriginal people's point of view was noticed and considered, unlike before this event.
Short Term Successes
The significance of him joining an EPL team in that time period was quite peculiar. A "black" man joining a white soccer team in England. It is quite surprising to see an Aboriginal man on an English team.
Long Term Achievements
Perkins was the first Aboriginal person to be appointed the head of a government department; Order of Australia in 1987; Aborigine of the year in 1993; and the vice president of the Australian Soccer Federation.
During this time in history, having all of these achievements, including being the first Aboriginal to graduate university; was an accomplishment as possessing Aboriginal blood and not having "white" skin, made him lower in society. People saw him as an actual human being because of his strong will for equality.