A legacy built in Lexington Ky.

October 23, 2010 in 1950s-1960s, 1960s-1970s, Oral history

Dr Joyce Hamilton Berry is a remarkable woman who was born and raised in Lexington Ky. Growing up in a time of segregation she never felt lesser than anyone in respect to her gender or race. Part of her story is told in the recording she did for the Kentucky Civil Rights Oral History Project. She graduated from Dunbar High School at the age of 15. After graduating from Hampton University in Virginia, she returned to Kentucky and taught at Lancaster and her beloved. Her love of learning lead her to enter graduate school at the University of Kentucky. She completed her masters in 1962 then went on to become the first African American female to earn a PhD from U.K. in 1970. Dr. Berry is a renowned psychologist with her own practice in Washington D.C. She has been a regular contributor to Ebony Magazine and has written for many others. Dr. Berry has also appeared on television shows like “Judge Hatchet” and “Geraldo” etc where her expert advice and counsel was needed. Many obstacles and barriers were overcome by this native “lexingtonian” from the MLK neighborhood. Her life is a shining example of one who knew what they wanted and went after it. The youths of Lexington, Kentucky, The U.S. and by extension the world, will do well to learn from her life experiences and achievements.

2 responses to A legacy built in Lexington Ky.

  1. Her story is very remarkable. It is very great to see when people are go through adversity and overcome it. I also like learning about remarkable who have created change, but stories have yet to be told.

  2. I also find this story heartwarming and moving. Learning of new people from the area who were able to simultaneously break down gender and race barriers really inspires me to also do something great.

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