Civil Rights Movement Activist Inspires A&M Students to Change the World

By: Alex Lotz Email
By: Alex Lotz Email

COLLEGE STATION- Hundreds of guests packed a ballroom inside the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University to hear one woman's memories of the Civil Right's Movement.

Mary Frances Berry, Ph.D., is the former Chairperson of the Civil Rights Commission. She knew Martin Luther King, Junior as not only a colleague in the movement, but also as a friend.

"He loved to tell jokes," Berry said.

Her speech was meant to inspire men and women of all ages and races to act as Dr. King would.

"To act ethically, to educate themselves well and to be concerned about others and be concerned about peace and justice that Martin Luther King held dear," said Berry.

She said the problems that were in American society during the Civil Rights Movement have changed to some extent, but there is still progress to be made.

"We have enduring problems of poverty, of discrimination and we need to resolve those," she said.

Berry said she always wanted to visit Aggieland and was impressed by how motivated the 12th Man is to make a difference in the world.

Chimee Eze is a recent A&M graduate and said he feels encouraged after hearing Berry's testimony.

"It kind of motivates you to tell you that you can do this too," Eze said. "You can be progressive, you can be active."

He hopes to honor the life of King and make the world a better place.

"I feel like we should never get complacent," Eze said. "We've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go, so you just can't stop fighting."

Berry believes that's something that would make King proud.

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