As a graduate of Lincoln High School's class of 1962 and an alumna of Chapel Hill's local civil rights movement, Patricia Mason displayed a passion for equity from an early age. It is a passion that only strengthened during her retirement, especially with regards to voting rights and civic engagement. She is an active member of the Social Interest Civic Group, which was founded in 1962 by fifteen Black Chapel Hill women. Today, the organization funds college scholarships for young Black ladies. After retirement, Ms. Mason was part of a group of ladies who organized get out the vote drives. They called themselves the Underground Railroad and focused their efforts at increasing voter turnout in the Black community.
Ms. Patricia Mason on her work with the Social Interest Civic Group:
Ms. Mason on voting adocacy work: