After Words with Mary Frances Berry
Mary Frances Berry was interviewed about her book My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations,… read more
Mary Frances Berry was interviewed about her book My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations, published by Knopf. Callie House, an ex-slave, was a washerwoman and seamstress in Tennessee. She formed the National Ex-Slave Mutual Relief Bounty and Pension Association to petition Congress to pass a bill providing ex-slaves with pensions after Emancipation. Ms. Berry is interviewed by Juan Williams, senior correspondent for National Public Radio.
Mary Frances Berry is a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has served as a commissioner and as chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Between 1977 and 1980, Ms. Berry served as the assistant secretary for Education in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Juan Williams is a senior correspondent for National Public Radio and a contributor to the Fox News Channel. His books include, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965, This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience, and My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience. close
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