The Birth of CORE

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The Congress Of Racial Equality (CORE) was founded on this date in 1942. CORE is an American interracial voluntary organization established by James Farmer to undertake direct-action projects to improve race relations and end discriminatory policies.

Farmer had been working as the race-relations secretary for the Fellowship of Reconciliation, but resigned over a dispute in policy; he founded CORE as a vehicle for the nonviolent approach to combating racial prejudice that was inspired by Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi. CORE members held a sit-in at a coffee shop in Chicago in their founding year; it was one of the first of its kind in the United States. Other CORE projects have included voter registration drives in the South and actions to deal with a wide range of community issues in the North.

Read more about C.O.R.E. here.

Some Exhibits to Come – I Am Somebody! The Freedom Struggle

The Civil Rights Movement
• Changing the Laws
• Protest, Nonviolence, and Civil Disobedience
• Fighting for Economic Equity
• Freedom Riders
• Freedom Schools
• Arts & Culture

Black Power and Black Nationalism
• Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam
• The Black Panther Party
• Afrocentrism

Black Feminism