|Mary Frances Berry, chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, speaks at the second Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address.|
Mary Frances Berry, chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, has a simple yet revolutionary idea: All we need is each person doing one thing every day to further the cause of social justice.
That was the message of her talk, "Empowering the Dream: Reaffirming the American Ideals of Freedom, Justice, and Opportunity for All," delivered as the second Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address in April.
Berry, the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania and author of seven books, said the civil rights movement has been a relative success, but more needs to be done to change the common person's mindset.
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