In Honor of Black History Month
Wednesday, February 24
Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss “The State of the Civil Rights Movement in a Post-Cosby World” on Wednesday, February 24, at 4:00 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall 2.
Berry has received 32 honorary doctoral degrees and numerous awards including the NAACP’s Image Award, the Rosa Parks Award of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Ebony Magazine Black Achievement Award, the Hubert Humphrey Award of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award. She was one of the founders of the Free South Africa Movement, which initiated protests at the South African Embassy in the successful struggle for democracy in South Africa.
Berry has had a distinguished career in public service. From 1980 to 2004, she was a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and from 1993 to 2004 served as Chair. Her latest book is And Justice for All: The United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Continuing Struggle for Freedom in America.
A book signing and reception will follow her talk in Wang Center Chapel.