CORE

Mackenzie Cooke

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5 Facts

founded in 1942

non-violent

founded on the University of Chicago Campus

first gained national attention by attending the sit-ins at lunch counters

organized the first freedom ride to desegregate interstate transportation facilities

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CORE

CORE is the Congress of Racial Equality that was founded in 1942 at the University of Chicago. They became one of the leading activist organizations during the Civil Rights Movement. They started with a pacifist non-violent approach to fighting racial segregation but then shifted their focus towards the ideology of black nationalism and segregation.

They first drew national attention during the sit-ins at lunch counters that they participated in. They organized the first freedom ride to desegregate interstate transportation facilities. The riders were brutally attacked in Alabama and were unable to continue the rest of the ride. They (both black and white) did carry on freedom rides during the summer with more than a thousand in attendance. In 1961 when voter registration was a civil rights priority CORE focused on Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina. They continued to push for political and economic justice for blacks while lending its voice to the rising antiwar movement.

Connections- Martin Luther King Jr

CORE was a cosponsor for the March on Washington in 1963. It was held in Washington D.C. for jobs and freedom. More than 200,00 americans were in attendance. Martin Luther King delivered his "I have a Dream" speech at this event.

Connections - Freedom Riders

CORE started and organized the first ever freedom ride in 1961 to desegregate interstate transportation facilities. The Freedom Riders continued this event in the summers gaining more than a thousand participants.