Mary Frances Berry Head
Portrait: dr. Mary Frances Berry
  Mary Frances Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought  and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches History  of American Law and advises graduate students in Legal History and African  American History. She was appointed by President Carter and confirmed by the  Senate as a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. After P resident Reagan fired her for criticizing his civil rights policies, she sued him  and won reinstatement in federal district court. In 1993, President Clinton  designated her Chairperson of the Civil Rights Commission. She was reappointed  to  a six-year term in January, 1999. She resigned from the Commission on December 7, 2004.   During Dr. Berry's tenure as Chairperson, the Commission issued a number of  significant reports including 2000 Florida Presidential Elections, police practices in  New York City, environmental justice, percentage plans and affirmative action,  church burnings, and conditions onĀ Indian reservations.
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