Lenten Reading Guide: Lucy Randolph Mason

Susan M. Glisson and Charles H. Tucker write on Lucy Randolph Mason:

“There are no accounts of the reaction of the union reps who waited for the CIO organizer at the train depot when the ‘roving ambassador’ for the CIO stepped down onto the platform. Most likely, they expected the fearless CIO organizer to be a man, tall and broad shouldered with big hands scarred by work and knuckles deformed from a dozen fights on docks and loading platforms. Most likely they were still looking for him when a slight, bespectacled, fifty-five-year-old white woman carefully made her way down the metal steps and stepped lightly onto the platform. The woman was physically small, with fine, white hair. Lucy Randolph Mason had arrived.”

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