Whatever Happened to the Civil Rights Movement?

Whatever Happened to the Civil Rights Movement?

Mary Frances Berry

4.22.2007

Mary Frances Berry

Mary Frances Berry is a Civil Rights legend, acclaimed legal scholar and best-selling author. She served as chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in the 1990s and is past president of the Organization of American Historians, the primary professional organization for historians of the United States. The author of eight books, Berry’s most recent publication is My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations.

Mary Frances Berry, the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses the evolution of the Civil Rights Movement from its peak in the 1960s to modern-day America in a public address at the Clinton School. Berry discusses her experience serving on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights during the Clinton Administration in the 1990s. Berry also provides a local angle in addressing the historic impact of the 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School. Invoking the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Berry calls for a revival of the cause of civil rights in America.