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Jones, Vivian Malonelocked

(15 July 1942–13 October 2005)
  • Jessie Carney Smith

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Jones, Vivian Malone (15 July 1942–13 October 2005), civil rights activist, was born Vivian Juanita Malone in Mobile, Alabama, to Willie Malone, a carpenter and maintenance man, and Bertha Malone, a maid. She was the oldest of eight children—three boys and five girls. When Vivian was twelve years old, her curiosity about racially segregated public education was aroused, although she did not recognize it at the time. A front-page story in the Mobile newspaper discussed the U.S. Supreme Court decision in ...

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