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For Immediate Release (00-50)
Date: September 20, 2000
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 (pager: 301-930-2880)

Civil Rights Activist Mary Frances Berry to Speak
At Rockville Campus on Wednesday, November 15

“When it comes to the cause of justice, I take
no prisoners and I don’t believe in compromise.”
--Dr. Mary Frances Berry

Dr. Mary Frances Berry, head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, will speak at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus on Wednesday, November 15 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre Arts Building. Dr. Berry’s lecture will focus on the topic, “Policing, Public Safety, and Civil Rights: Who’s Guarding the Guardians?”

Selected as one of America’s Women of the Century by the Women’s Hall of Fame, Dr. Berry has served for two decades on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. President Clinton designated her chairperson of the Commission in 1993.

Dr. Berry was assistant secretary for education in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) during the Carter administration. Prior to her service at HEW, she was a provost at the University of Maryland College Park and chancellor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is currently the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Berry has received 28 honorary doctoral degrees and numerous awards for her public service and scholarly activities, including the NAACP’s Roy Wilkins and Image Awards, the Rosa Parks Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Ebony Magazine Black Achievement Award.

During her provocative career, Dr. Berry has voiced the frustrations and hopes of the nation on such issues as education, affirmative action, parenthood, women’s rights, civil rights, law enforcement, and race relations.

She has appeared as a guest on numerous television news shows including Nightline, Crossfire, Face the Nation, The Today Show, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

A prolific writer, Dr. Berry’s books include The Pig Farmer’s Daughter and Other Tales of American Justice, Long Memory: The Black Experience in America, Black Resistance/White Law: A History of Constitutional Racism in America, and Women’s Rights and the Myth of the Good Mother.

Dr. Berry’s lecture, the third in a series of civil rights lectures held at the College, is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at 240-567-7417.

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