Sunday, February 20, 2000

Magazine names Berry best of century

Applause! honors black role models

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Throughout his life, Theodore M. Berry has overcome barriers and set new standards for African-Americans in Cincinnati. On Saturday, Applause! magazine honored him as the Imagemaker Awards' “Person of the Century.”

        His family accepted the recognition at the 10th annual Imagemaker Awards Saturday at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The ceremony is a salute to African-Americans and their work as role models in the community.

        Mr. Berry, the first African-American mayor of Cincinnati, has long been a leader in local politics and a champion of civil rights. Born in Mason County, Ky., Mr. Berry was raised in Cincinnati's West End. He became Hamilton County's first African-American assistant prosecutor in 1939 and served on Cincinnati City Council during the 1940s, '50s and '60s. After heading President Johnson's anti-poverty program in Washington, D.C., he returned to Cincinnati and was mayor 1972-75.

        “What he has taught us about persevering is a legacy for all citizens,” said Sallie Elliott, Applause! publisher. Throughout his life, Mr. Berry has broken down barriers and led through his work, she said.

        Mr. Berry, 94, is ailing and was not expected to attend the function. Other winners were:

        • Roberta Wooten, a social worker, advocacy.

        • Charlotte Hunter, a local artist, arts and entertainment.

        • J. Phillip Holloman, vice president of research and development at Cintas Corp., corporate achievement.

        • Henri L. Bradshaw, principal of Silver ton Paideia School, education.

        • Gloria M. Hayes, founder and chief executive of Caring Hearts Home Health Care, entrepreneurship.

        • Dr. Victor Franco Garcia, director of trauma services at Children's Hospital Medical Center, for medicine, research and technology.

        • Darlene Hicks, Sixth Street Hill Club Mission, public service.

        • Maxine Hoyles Yates, counselor at Lakota East High School, sports.

        • Special achievement: Bailey Turner, retired Community Action Agency executive; Dr. Ronald D. Wright, president, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

        • Special recognition: Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni Chapter and University of Cincinnati Upward Bound Program.


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