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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Vivion Lenon Brewer, October 15, 1976. Interview G-0012. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Women's work with WEC resulted in life-long activism

The WEC provided its female members with a forum to address various social and political causes. Women members carried this activism throughout their lives.

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Oral History Interview with Vivion Lenon Brewer, October 15, 1976. Interview G-0012. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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ELIZABETH JACOWAY:
Well, this whole experience had politicized a lot of women, hadn't it?
VIVION LENON BREWER:
There's no doubt about it.
ELIZABETH JACOWAY:
Like you were saying a little while ago, you had been somewhat naive about the workings of the government * up until your experience; I'm sure that this was a wrenching experience which caused many WEC members to take a new view of the world around them, too. * particularly civil service.
VIVION LENON BREWER:
I'm sure it was the awakening of many women, not only politically but to all of the just causes in a community.
ELIZABETH JACOWAY:
That's right.
VIVION LENON BREWER:
And it's been very thrilling to me that . . . I don't know many of the women in the WEC, and of course we ended with hundreds and hundreds of them, who have not been active one way or another.
ELIZABETH JACOWAY:
That's been my impression. As I've looked around the community today and seen the women who are really committed and actively involved in the important issues of our time, they had their beginnings in the Women's Emergency Committee.
VIVION LENON BREWER:
That's very true.
ELIZABETH JACOWAY:
And they seem to have proliferated out all over the community . . .
VIVION LENON BREWER:
Mm-hm, it's very true.
ELIZABETH JACOWAY:
. . . into all kinds of things.