Victoria Way DeLee, Courtesy of Modern Political Collection, USC
Considered a grass roots activist, Victoria Way DeLee's fervent faith in God and her early childhood experiences fueled her involvement in the civil rights movement. She organized boycotts, protests, voter registration drives and community-wide efforts to desegregate schools in Dorchester County. She organized on behalf of Native Americans and Blacks who were given inadequate educational facilities.
One of her earliest experiences with exercising her civil rights came in 1947 when she attempted to register to vote. The registrar refused to allow her to register. An argument followed and rather than being frightened, she forced him to allowed her to register.
She lives in Dorchester County where she continues to help those who can not help themselves.