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Berry, Theodore Moody

Born: 1905 AD
Died: 2000 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Activists, Politician

1905 – Born on the 5th of November. American activist and politician.

1924 – He served as commencement orator and senior-class valedictorian of Woodward High in June.

1932 – He was admitted to the Ohio Bar.

         – President of Cincinnati branch of NAACP.

1938 – Married to Johnnie Mae Elaine Newton.

         – He was appointed the first black assistant prosecuting attorney for Hamilton County.

1942 – Berry became morale officer for the Office of War Information under Franklin D. Roosevelt, switching his political allegiance as a result from Republican to Democrat.

1947 – Served on the Ohio Committee for Civil Rights Legislation, focusing his attention on equal employment and fair housing issues.

1949 –  He won a seat on Cincinnati City Council.

1953 – He was appointed chairman of the finance committee, where he worked closely with Gene Ruehlmann, a Republican who found more common ground with the Charterites than Democrats.

1955 – Became vice mayor, considered by many the dawn of the national civil-rights movement.

1965 – He was appointed by President Johnson as head of OEO’s Community Action Programs (CAP), which include Head Start, Jobs Corps and Legal Services.

1972 – He returned to Cincinnati and in December and became the city’s first black mayor.

2000 – He died on 15th of October at the age of 94.