The Conservative Movement and Civil Rights During the Reagan Years
Civil rights activist Mary Frances Berry talked about the history of civil rights and changes in American views on race in light of the… read more
Civil rights activist Mary Frances Berry talked about the history of civil rights and changes in American views on race in light of the election of President Obama.
Professor Berry served on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for Presidents Jimmy Carter through George W. Bush. In the 1980s, after President Reagan fired her for criticizing his civil rights policies, she sued him and won reinstatement in federal district court. She later became chairman of the commission and served in that position until 2004. She is also a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.
“Winning While Losing?: The Conservative Movement and Civil Rights during the Reagan Years” was the opening keynote speech at Florida Atlantic University’s third annual Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency “Civil Rights and the Presidency: From Nixon to Obama.” close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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- Mary Frances Berry Chair (Former) U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
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