The African-American experience has historically been fraught with exclusion and denial of meaningful participation in the positive aspects of American life. Unfortunately, the vestiges of racial discrimination have continued to manifest themselves in many of the institutions which affect the lives of the entire citizenry. The Daniel Webster Perkins Bar Association, Inc. was named after the great pioneer, D.W. Perkins, who was one of the first African-Americans to practice law in Duval County. Its mission and purpose continues to be that of a change agent to improve the plight of the African-American Community and to combat the effects of racial and social injustices.
The objectives of the Association shall be to advance the science of jurisprudence, improve the administration of justice, preserve the independence of the Judiciary of our cities, states and nation; to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession; to promote the professional and social interaction among the members of The Florida Bar, the American Bar, the international bars, and other voluntary bar associations; to promote legislation that will improve the economic condition of all American citizens regardless of race, sex or creed in their efforts to secure a free and untrammeled use of the franchise guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States; to protect civil and political rights of the citizens and the residents of the United States of America.