Tyler, Phyllis, 1917-2006
Phyllis Tyler was a Quaker and civil rights activist. She first moved to North Carolina during World War II when she and her husband joined the Blessed Community in Cleo. After converting to Quakerism when she met her husband in Minnesota, Tyler became actively involved in pacifism and other human rights issues during these years. In 1953, she moved to Raleigh with her family, where they lived for more than forty years. During the 1950s and 1960s, Tyler's children also became involved in various protest movements. Tyler also participated in the League of Women Voters. It was during efforts to integrate the League that she first met Vivian Irving, who became her lifelong friend.--From Oral Histories of the American South biography.