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Mary Frances Berry

Mary Frances BerryBorn: 17-Feb-1938
Birthplace: Nashville, TN

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Occupation: Government, Scholar

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Civil Rights Commissioner, 1980-2004

Father: George Ford Berry
Mother: Frances Southall Berry
Brother: George, Jr. (older)

    University: BA, Howard University (1961)
    University: MA, Howard University (1962)
    University: PhD History, University of Michigan (1966)
    Law School: JD, University of Michigan Law School (1970)
    Administrator: Provost, University of Maryland College Park
    Administrator: Chancellor, University of Colorado at Boulder
    Professor: History and Social Thought, University of Pennsylvania

    US Commission on Civil Rights (1980-2004, as Chair, 1993-2004)
    US Health, Education and Welfare Department Assistant Secretary for Education (1977-80)
    Organization of American Historians President (1990-91)
    Citizens for a Moratorium on Federal Executions
    District of Columbia Bar
    Gore 2000
    Hillary Clinton for President
    Hillary Rodham Clinton for US Senate Committee
    Left at Orphanage temporarily

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Author of books:
Black Resistance, White Law: A History of Constitutional Racism in America (1971)
Military Necessity and Civil Rights Policy: Black Citizenship and the Constitution, 1861-1868 (1977)
Long Memory: The Black Experience in America (1982, with John Blassingame)
Why ERA Failed: Politics, Women's Rights, and the Amending Process of the Constitution (1986)
The Politics of Parenthood: Child Care, Women's Rights, and the Myth of the Good Mother (1993)
The Pig Farmer's Daughter and Other Tales of American Justice: Episodes of Racism and Sexism in the Courts from 1865 to the Present (1999)

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