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Mary Frances Berry On Civil Rights And The Election


Kansas City, MO – Lawyer and activist Mary Frances Berry will be speaking in Kansas City next week. Dr. Berry was first appointed chair of the U.S Civil Rights Commission by President Jimmy Carter. She was fired by President Reagan for criticizing his position on civil rights, but then reinstated by President Clinton, and remained in that position until 2004. Dr. Berry led efforts to study the effects of affirmative action, as well as voting irregularities in Florida in the 2000 Presidential Election. KCUR's Susan Wilson recently spoke to Mary Frances Berry over the phone about civil rights and the upcoming election, beginning with the record of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Dr. Berry speaks at UMKC on Thursday, September 25 and at William Jewell College on October 1.

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
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