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Vivian Carter Mason

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Working for Social Justice

Vivian Carter Mason, 1950s

Vivian Carter Mason, 1950s

Women’s Council for Interracial Cooperation

Summary of Women’s Council’s Work for Schools, 1945–1959

Summary of Women’s Council’s Work for Schools, 1945–1959

We are not fighting to be integrated into American life; we have been integrated since the day we were born here. We are fighting for the same rights other Americans enjoy.

Vivian Carter Mason, 1954 

Fighting for Equal Education

Norfolk 17 Students at First Baptist Church, 1959

Norfolk 17 Students at First Baptist Church, 1959

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