Mary Frances Berry
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Few people are as familiar with the U.S. Civil Rights Commission as Mary Frances Berry. She served for 24 years, under four different presidents. Now, she's offering an historical look at the commission's work, including her own run-ins with conservative presidents.
Over a century ago, an ex-slave named Callie House demanded that the U.S. government pay ex-slaves for unpaid labor. Activist and author Mary Frances Berry documents House's reparations movement in a new book, My Face is Black is True: Callie House and The Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations. Ed Gordon talks with Berry.