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Dr. Mary Francis Berry to Speak at Moravian College

Event to celebrate MLK day and Brown vs. Board of Education decision

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – In commemorative celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Brown vs. Board of Education, Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary will present “An Evening with Mary Francis Berry,” on Tuesday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. Brown vs. Board of Education is the landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court to end racial segregation in public schools. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic decision, which was made on May 17, 1954, to end the “separate by equal” doctrine.

Dr. Berry, the chairperson of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, will discuss civil rights in America since Brown vs. Board of Education. Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal professor of American thought, a professor of history, and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a strong civil rights and civil liberates advocate for over two decades and continues to fight for the elimination of discrimination and oppression of Americans on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

This program is open to the public and admission is free. It is sponsored by a grant from Fleet Bank in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Diversity of Moravian College, and the History Department. For more information, please contact Sharon Brown at 610-861-7847 or sab1@moravian.edu.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at http://www.moravian.edu.