Tickets Available Jan. 28 for Featured Speaker Mary Frances Berry

Respected activist is third speaker in 2018-19 Featured Speaker Series.

For more than four decades, Mary Frances Berry, Ph.D., has been one of the most visible and respected activists in the cause of civil rights, gender equality and social justice.

Berry is the third presenter in this year’s Featured Speakers Series lineup. She’ll speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Now in its 28th year, the Featured Speakers Series is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and limited to two per person. 

Tickets for Berry’s presentation are available beginning at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Main Hall information desk. Tickets will remain available, while supplies last, during regular business hours 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. 

Serving as chairperson of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, Berry led the charge for equal rights and liberties for all Americans over the course of four presidential administrations. She made history as one of the founders of the monumental Free South Africa Movement (FSAM), for which she received the Nelson Mandela award.

In her most recent book, “History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times”, Berry chronicles more than 50 years of progressive victories and the winning tactics behind them. She reveals what works, what doesn’t – and how to achieve positive change in our world. 

Proceeding Berry on Feb. 26, the series will close with bestselling author Nicholas Sparks on April 17. 

Programs are held in Timken Great Hall at the Kent State University at Stark Conference Center. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

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POSTED: Friday, January 25, 2019 04:21 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 26, 2023 08:39 PM
Melissa Griffy Seeton