#TJFWHM18 Lois DeBerry, 1st Woman Elected to Serve in the Tennessee House of Representatives

Today we celebrate Lois DeBerry

1945-2013 

LeMoyne-Owen College Alum 1971

First African-American woman elected to serve in the Tennessee House of Representatives (from the city of Memphis)

 Member of Tennessee House of Representatives  from 1987-2010

Shelby County Democrat, first chairwoman of Memphis’ Shelby County’s delegation

 First woman to be speaker pro tempore of the House

Active in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s