Honoring Ms. Betty Berryby Representative Barbara Lee
Posted on 2015-01-08
in the house of representatives
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Ms. LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the extraordinary life of
Ms. Betty Berry. Ms. Berry was a beloved mother, daughter, and friend.
With her passing on October 26, we look to Ms. Berry's personal legacy
of leadership, service, and the outstanding quality of her life's work.
Born on December 21, 1932, Ms. Berry dedicated her life to community service and activism in the city of Oakland, California. She received numerous accolades for her leadership and service to the community.
A longtime friend of Ronald V. Dellums, she led fundraising efforts that helped him get elected to the United States House of Representatives numerous times and was a staunch supporter of him during his time as Mayor of Oakland.
For all of her work supporting organization dedicated to equality, Ms. Berry was known as the consummate fundraiser. She was famous for her annual ``100 Men Cooking for a Taste of Freedom'' event, which raised money for the National Association for the Advancement [[Page E30]] of Colored People (NAACP) and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
Additionally, she was a staunch advocate for workers represented by the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
On a personal note, Betty was a dear friend for many years. She supported all of my efforts for elected office and constantly encouraged me. This community will miss Betty's physical presence but will always cherish wonderful memories and the results of her hard work.
Today, California's 13th Congressional District salutes and honors an outstanding individual, Ms. Betty Berry. Her dedication and efforts have impacted so many lives throughout the state of California. I join all of Betty's loved ones in celebrating her incredible life. She will be deeply missed.