Representative Lois DeBerry
In 2013, the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL-Women) lost one of its most influential and inspirational leaders, Representative Lois DeBerry of Memphis, Tennessee to an on-going battle with pancreatic cancer.
Representative Lois DeBerry diligently served Tennessee’s 91st District for more than 40 years. DeBerry was elected as the first African American female to serve in the State Legislature from the city of Memphis in 1972 and began service in the legislature in 1973, making her the second African American woman in the history of the Tennessee to serve in its State Legislature.
DeBerry was co-founder and former National Vice President of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women.