Lois DeBerry Politician

Lois Marie DeBerry (born May 5, 1945) is an American politician who is a member of Tennessee House of Representatives and former Speaker Pro Tempore of the Tennessee House. She was elected to represent the 91st district, part of Shelby County, as a Democrat. DeBerry was the second African American woman to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly and the first woman to be speaker pro tempore of the House. Lois DeBerry was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 5, 1945, the second of the five children of Samuel DeBerry and the former Mary Page. Her father was a self-employed trucker. She grew up in Memphis, graduating from the city's Hamilton High School in 1962. During the 1960s, Lois DeBerry became engaged in the civil rights movement. In spite of objections from her parents, she participated in the August 28, 1963, March on Washington, various student sit-ins, and a Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. In 1971, she graduated from LeMoyne-Owen College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 5th, 1945
United States of America
Date of death
July 28th, 2013 at age of 68
Place of death
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
Cause of death
Pancreatic cancer
African American


1. LeMoyne–Owen College Colleges/University

LeMoyne-Owen College is a fully accredited, four-year private historically black college located in Memphis, Tennessee, affiliated with the United Church of Christ. It resulted from the merger in 1968 of institutions who trace their history back to some of the earliest endeavors to educate former slaves in the 1860s.

Type Private university
Institution colors
807 Walker Ave, 38126 - Memphis, Tennessee
2010. 987
2009. 894
Acceptance rate
2010. 40.0 %
Local tuition
2011. 10.1 K $
2010. 10.3 K $
Official web page www.loc.edu
Wikipedia article

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Notable alumni by gender

People attended LeMoyne–Owen College connected by profession and/or age

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