Author, Educator & Historian
There are few people like Mary Frances Berry. For over four decades, Berry has been one of the most recognized and respected voices in our nation’s civil rights, gender equality and social justice movements. Serving as Chairperson of the US Civil Rights Commission, Berry led the charge for equal rights and liberties for all Americans over the course of four Presidential administrations. A trailblazer for women and African Americans alike, she also became the first woman of any race to head a major research university, serving at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Read More >
Spreading Liberty and Justice for All
Mary's Interview on the Tavis Smiley Show
In 2015, we commemorate the civil rights movement’s sacrifices in making the right to vote a centerpiece of its demands. Leaders of this movement successfully fought disenfranchisement with protests, lawsuits and legislation. Dr. Mary Frances Berry, a civil rights veteran, encourages audiences to learn from the past as we move towards the future. She suggests that winning the current fight against voter identification laws and other forms of voter suppression, including the Supreme Court decisions gutting the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and campaign finance laws, is crucial. Read More >
Berry is writing a new book on how voter suppression and fraud in national, state and local campaigns influence the results. She explains how such goals as Medicaid expansion, fairness in sentencing, equitable education funding and fair and effective policing will remain elusive until we increase political participation and fairly enforce the voting rights laws. Read Less ^
"Dr. Berry was very accommodating and quite helpful. I really appreciated the ease with which she interacted with everyone. She was kind enough to share a message to students personally beckoning them to strive for excellence. I very much appreciated her presence and would invite her again without hesitation. She is someone I greatly admire."
"From our perspective Dr. Berry's visit and lecture was a big success—the turnout was quite good considering it was the evening of Good Friday. She was very generous with her time, particularly after being under the weather herself and her mother's recent illness. Her accessibility made a big difference to a lot of people, particularly the graduate students. We look forward to bringing her for a return visit. Many thanks for all your help."
"Dr. Berry was outstanding!!! You all (APB) should be truly happy to have her on your roster. She gave a phenomenal presentation this past Saturday. Our evaluations forms came back with an overwhelming mark of outstanding for her presentation. Thank you so much for all that you do. As always, I look forward to working with you again."
"Her visit was awesome. The students, staff, faculty and administrators enjoyed her. She was able to provide information and challenge the mind on a diverse level. She was both academic and “real.” I really look forward to working with you and your staff in the future to continue to bring the best to ISU. In fact I am already thinking about next year."
"I think it was quite clear that she made a powerful and positive impact. She is truly one of our great leaders… and very articulate for just causes. (I personally loved her message and how she presented it)."
'Your presence certainly was the highlight of the evening and indeed helped make it a huge success. Your comments gave all of us much food for thought with its insight and challenge."
"Dr. Berry was a delight to host. She was a very engaging speaker and we enjoyed having her in Oklahoma City."
"The conference was a huge success, and I have had a tremendous amount of positive feedback from people attending the conference on your clever and skillful presentation."
"Everyone I’ve spoken with loved her. We had about 550 people at her public lecture. The breakfast and lunch went well, too. I think it was a very successful visit."