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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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    The Mississippi Health Project II: AKA Revisits Its Model for Community Health Care

    In June and October of 2021, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. offered an array of health services to Mississippi residents in underserved communities.

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    Bridget “Biddy” Mason

    Entrepreneur and philanthropist Bridget “Biddy” Mason helped to establish the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles.

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    The Pacific Parachute Company

    Skydiving entrepreneur Howard “Skippy” Smith founded one of the first Black-owned and managed war production plants during World War II.

    Cover image of "Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South"

    Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins

    Literary author and editor Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins used the power of her pen to challenge society’s assumptions about Black women.

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    Homer G. Phillips Hospital and School of Nursing

    Homer G. Phillips Hospital served as a preeminent training facility for African American nurses and physicians during segregation.