Highlighting Black Intellectuals and Artists Around the World: Mary Frances Berry

Join us in celebrating amazing Black intellectuals and artists around the world! Today we are celebrating, Mary Frances Berry, the first Black woman to lead a major research university in the United States!
Mary Frances Berry is an American historian, writer, lawyer, activist, and professor who focuses on U.S. constitutional and legal, African-American history. Berry is the first Black woman to lead a major research university in the United States when she was appointed Chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder in 1976. In recognition of her scholarship and public service, Professor Berry has received 35 honorary doctoral degrees and many awards, including the NAACP’s Roy Wilkins Award, the Rosa Parks Award of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Ebony Magazine Black Achievement Award. She is one of 75 women featured in I Dream A World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America. Sienna College Research Institute and the Women’s Hall of Fame designated her as one of “America’s Women of the Century.” Today, she is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.

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