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Mary Frances Berry

Mary Frances Berry Biography

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ABOUT
American writer, academic, and former president of the Organization of American Historians. An expert on social history and law, she also served as Chairwoman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
BEFORE FAME
She began her college career at Nashville's Fisk University, but later transferred to Howard University. She went on to receive both her Ph.D. and her J.D. from the University of Michigan.

FAMILY LIFE
She was born in Nashville, Tennessee to Frances and George Berry. She and her brother spent a period of their childhood in an orphanage, as a result of their family's poverty. She was married in 1966.
ASSOCIATED WITH
She once stated that, "If Rosa Parks had taken a poll before she sat down in the bus in Montgomery, she'd still be standing."
TRIVIA
She held a professorship in history at the University of Pennsylvania and also served a term as Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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