Lois DeBerry

Politician from United States of America

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. DeBerry became a candidate for public office in 1972 after becoming disillusioned by her experiences working as a counselor in a federally funded project, where she was one of the few  ( Wikipedia article )


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Date of birth
United States of America


Institution From To
LeMoyne-Owen College

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