University of Southern Mississippi Acquires Papers of its First African American Faculty Member


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The Special Collections division of the University of Southern Mississippi University Libraries has acquired the papers of John Calvin Berry, the first African-American faculty member at the university. Dr. Berry began his career in education as a public school administrator in Jones and Jefferson Counties in Mississippi. He later became the associate director of a U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare Title IV program based at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1970, Dr. Berry became the first African American faculty member at the university when he was named an instructo...