Deborah Barfield Berry, Hattiesburg American

Deborah Barfield Berry

Hattiesburg American

Washington, DC, United States

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Recent articles by Deborah:

America has a 'gruesome' history of lynching, but it's not a federal crime. A House vote could change that

The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bipartisan bill that would make lynching a federal crime, a move supporters say is long overdue. → Read More

'It's a sad day': As Booker exits Democratic primary, a once-historic field gets less diverse

Less than three weeks before the first votes are cast in Iowa only three non-white Democratic presidential candidates remain. → Read More

I was writing about colonial America’s first enslaved Africans. I was stunned to find my ancestors

The search for one woman's family led a reporter to find her own roots using oral history, archives and DNA tests. It also led to stunning results. → Read More

Tips to trace your family history beyond DNA tests

Researching your family history can be a daunting task, especially for African Americans. Here are some tips to find more about your genealogy and family history. → Read More

Joe Biden: Racism is a 'white man's problem' that is institutional in the U.S.

During an interview that focused largely on issues related to race, Biden said "white folks are the reason why there's institutional racism." → Read More

Hundreds of thousands of Africans were enslaved in America. Wanda Tucker believes her relatives were the first

Wanda Tucker knew when she arrived in Angola, the void she felt was bigger than any one ancestor. It was of an entire people missing its past. → Read More

The founding family you’ve never heard of: The black Tuckers of Hampton, Virginia

An ancient cemetery. A glimpse of black history, hidden for centuries. Why a baby named William and the year 1619 mean it all to the Tucker family. → Read More

Rep. Richmond takes leader role in Joe Biden bid: He is the right person at the right time

Rep. Cedric Richmond will co-chair Joe Biden's national campaign serving as a surrogate and adviser in the 2020 battle to take down Donald Trump. → Read More

Stacey Abrams calls on 2020 presidential hopefuls to step up on voter suppression fight

Abrams' bid for Georgia governor faced its own charges of voter suppression, but she says it's not just happening there and candidates should speak up → Read More

Can a gunman be forgiven? GOP Rep. Scalise discusses moral struggle after taking bullet on baseball field

It was outside the charred remains of a church in Louisiana last week that Rep. Steve Scalise talked to the pastor about how to forgive. → Read More

Nancy Pelosi gets pressure from the left to move ahead on Trump impeachment

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has long said impeachment would be divisive for Democrats but has not ruled it out if facts from investigations lead there. → Read More

Black students to 2020 Dems: We want to see policies, not pandering

Students at historically black colleges say they're gearing up for the 2020 presidential race, registering peers and inviting candidates to speak → Read More

Democrats and Republicans unite to invoke the work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Democratic and Republican senators read Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" as the civil rights icon's eldest son sat in the gallery. → Read More

Women of color are a key 2020 voting bloc. More Dems are trying to woo them at this forum

In a nod to the clout of women of color, Democratic presidential hopefuls will outline plans to address issues important to them at a national forum → Read More

Women of color are a key 2020 voting bloc. More Dems are trying to woo them at this forum

In a nod to the clout of women of color, Democratic presidential hopefuls will outline plans to address issues important to them at a national forum → Read More

Trump warns GOP should be "paranoid" about elections as states spend millions to boost voter confidence

State officials are looking to increase confidence in voting ahead of 2020 as Trump tells Republicans to be "paranoid" about how votes are counted. → Read More

How census citizenship question might spark the House's first subpoenas to AG Barr

The first subpoenas from Democrats to Attorney General William Barr may be authorized Tuesday for documents related to the census citizenship query. → Read More

Mueller report: House Democrats will continue separate investigations into Trump, Russia

Regardless of what the Mueller report reveals, key House committees led by Democrats vow to continue their own related investigations. → Read More

Eyes on the prize: In poll, Democrats care more about victory than ideology in 2020 nominee

In poll, Democrats are more interested in a nominee who can defeat President Trump than one they agree with most on the issues. → Read More

Poll: Americans say even the legal breaks for college admission are rigging the system

A USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll finds wide suspicion of college admissions and opposition to legal preferences for alums, athletes and minorities. → Read More