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Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965$
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Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604731071

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604731071.001.0001

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Frances H. Williams

Frances H. Williams

March 3, 1957, North Carolina State Conference, National Student Ywca

(p.61) Frances H. Williams
Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

Davis W. Houck

David E. Dixon

University Press of Mississippi

Born in 1898 in Kentucky, Frances Harriet Williams belonged to a well-educated family. Williams divided her career among race relations work with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), the labor division of the NAACP, and governmental work. On March 3, 1957, she addressed the North Carolina State Conference of the National Student YWCA. This chapter reproduces Williams’s speech, in which she tackled segregation and lynching and warned students in attendance that no one wins a battle over segregation.

Keywords:   speech, Frances Harriet Williams, race relations, Young Women’s Christian Association, North Carolina State Conference, segregation, lynching

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