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Marcus Berry (1923 - 1980)

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Marcus Berry
1923 - 1980
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June 17, 1923
Death
May 1980
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Atlanta, Dekalb County, Georgia 30319
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Marcus Berry was born on June 17, 1923. He died in May 1980 at 56 years of age. We know that Marcus Berry had been residing in Atlanta, Dekalb County, Georgia 30319.
Updated: November 4, 2011
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Marcus Berry passed away in May 1980 at age 56. He was born on June 17, 1923. We have no information about Marcus' family. We know that Marcus Berry had been residing in Atlanta, Dekalb County, Georgia 30319.
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In 1923, in the year that Marcus Berry was born, Harlem's Cotton Club opened in New York City. Owned by a bootlegger and gangster, it was a 700 seat speakeasy that catered to a "white only" clientele. But most of the entertainers were African-American and featured some of the best entertainers of the time such as Lena Horne, the Nicholas Brothers, Ethel Waters, and Cab Calloway.

In 1941, at the age of 18 years old, Marcus was alive when on June 25th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, prohibiting racial discrimination in the defense industry. EO 8802 was the first federal action to prohibit employment discrimination - without prejudice as to "race, creed, color, or national origin" - in the U.S. Civil Rights groups had planned a march on Washington D.C. to protest for equal rights but with the signing of the Order, they canceled the March.

In 1965, by the time he was 42 years old, the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

In 1971, Marcus was 48 years old when in March, Congress passed the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18 (from 21). It was a response to the criticism that men could fight at 18, but not vote for the policies and politicians who sent them to war. The states quickly ratified the Amendment and it was signed into law on July 1st by President Richard Nixon.

In 1980, in the year of Marcus Berry's passing, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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