I AM: Iveta Jones Martin-Berry

Iveta Jones Martin-Berry was a pharmacist and community activist.

By Gwendolyn Reese

Iveta Jones Martin-Berry was a St. Petersburg native and a 1953 graduate of Gibbs High School. She then went on to graduate from Florida A&M University’s School of Pharmacy and worked as a pharmacist at the Doctor’s Pharmacy and Winn-Dixie where she retired.

A leader with a special love for young people and for her Campbell Park neighborhood, she served her community by giving tirelessly of her love, her time, her energy and her money.

Martin-Berry was an early president of the school district’s Biracial Advisory Committee and worked to help calm schools during the first years of court-ordered busing. She was a founder of Blacks Against Dangerous Drugs in the 1980s and was willing to mortgage her home to put up $22,000 during a financial crisis the organization was facing.

Iveta, I AMShe served on the steering and advisory committees for Davis Bradley Family Service Center and was a board member and past treasurer for the Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free St. Petersburg.

Martin-Berry was president of the Campbell Park Neighborhood Association and the Campbell Park Neighborhood Family Service Center and a driving force behind saving the bathhouse in Campbell Park.

She established GED and mentoring programs for youth and served as chair of the Community Alliance’s education committee. Martin-Berry was a member of the task force for the establishment of the Johnson Branch Library, a founding member of Faith Memorial Baptist Church and an associate member of Mt. Zion Progressive Baptist Church.

In a 2004 Tampa Bay Times article, she was described as: “Someone who believed. No, and can’t weren’t even in her vocabulary.”

Gwen Reese

Gwendolyn Reese, “I AM”

Martin-Berry was named Citizen of the Year by the Ambassador Club and Woman of the Year by the local chapter of Zeta Phi Beta. She was also honored with a plaque, portrait, and conference room in her name by the Bridges of America treatment program in St. Petersburg for her service to the African-American community.

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