Former International Vice President
South Atlantic Region
Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter
Soror Mayme Williams served as president of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT), from 1953 to 1957. During her term, in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Brown v. Board of Education decision that declared school segregation unconstitutional. The NCCPT, under Williams' leadership, adopted a resolution endorsing the action of the Supreme Court and encouraging the appointment of intergroup committees on state and local levels. President Eisenhower appointed Williams to a special committee to plan a White House Conference on Education. Soror Williams said human rights was the “fourth R” to be taught, emphasizing the great importance of having children realize the cultural background of their own and other groups.
Mid Atlantic Region
Alpha Epsilon & Gamma Delta Omega Chapters
Soror Williams was the Secretary of the Tidewater Chapter of Fightback in 1961. The tactics of this organization was to invade an all White job site with a busload of red armband unemployed Black workers. Using light weapons such as bats and chains, they would prevent White tradesmen from working until the contractors agreed to hire some minority workers.
Far Western Region
Alpha Epsilon and Epsilon Xi Omega Chapters
Soror Fredericka Williams served as a consultant in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare during the Lyndon Johnson administration. In this position, she created new social service policies that were the backbone of the Johnson administration's Great Society and War on Poverty.
Iota Beta Omega Chapter
“The sit-in movement started in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 1, 1960, and quickly moved to other cities. I was a student at I. C. Norcom school, when the sit-ins started in Portsmouth, Virginia, on February 12th. Students from Norcom went to Rose's 5-10-15 Cents Store and sat down at the lunch counter. They were refused service. The next day, students from Wilson High School and Norcom met in the parking lot and a fight broke out. On the third day of demonstrations, 3,000 students were between the Norcom School ground and the Mid-City Parking lot. On this day, we couldn't get home, so I stayed on the school ground. Later the stores suspended food service. However, my family continued to boycott Woolworth's, Rose's and other stores that refused to serve Black Americans. Demonstrations were still going on when I went to North Carolina A&T. During the spring of my freshman year, we demonstrated in Greensboro.”
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