Berry, Theodore Moody
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.
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