Monday, 20 January, 2014
The MLK Day celebration is set to celebrate the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Known for being one of the most influential Civil Rights leaders of his era, Dr. King is now celebrated on this national holiday to commemorate the impact of his work for today's society. Mary Frances Berry will be the featured speaker.
There are few like Mary Frances Berry. For over four decades, she has been one of the most recognized and respected voices in our nation's civil rights, gender equality, and social justice agendas. Fighting for fairness and justice under four Presidential administrations, she led the way as Chairperson of the US Civil Rights Commission for many years.
Berry also served as Assistant Secretary for Education in the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare. One of the founders of the Free South Africa Movement, she was the first woman of any race to head a major research university, the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Now the Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania, she teaches history and law. In her most recent book, Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House, she offers insight and historical context while analyzing Obama's most memorable speeches.
With fierce determination, Berry never backs down. She educates, transforms, and inspires us all. Her clarion call challenges everyone to stand up, get it, and don't give up the fight.