We are delighted that this year's keynote speaker is civil rights activist and historian Dr. Mary Frances Berry. A prolific author, Dr. Berry’s books cover a wide range of subjects, from the history of constitutional racism to progressive activism.
For over four decades, Dr. Berry has been one of the most visible and respected civil rights, gender equality, and social justice activists. Serving as Chair of the US Civil Rights Commission, Dr. Berry led the charge for equal rights for all Americans. A trailblazer for women and African-Americans, she was the first woman to head a major research university as Chancellor of the Univ. of Colorado.
She is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches the history of American law and the history of law and social policy. She received the Nelson Mandela award from the South African Government for her role in organizing the Free South Africa Movement, raising global awareness of South African injustice. She also served as Assistant Secretary for Education in the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
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