The CORE Project

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This is a PhD dissertation on New Orleans CORE and Washington, D.C. CORE. It was done by Kristin Anderson-Bricker while she was at Syracuse University.

These are documents from the papers of the Congress of Racial Equality that list and discuss Bernie Sanders as a leader and a member of CORE.

The first document is his testimony as a housing tester for an action related to efforts by University…

This is a 1961 photo of New Orleans CORE members (left to right) Doratha Smith, Jerome Smith, Alice Thompson, George Raymond and Julia Aaron. The photo was taken soon after they had just received a beating by a White mob in McComb, Mississippi while…

This is the arrest photo of New Orleans CORE member Shirley Thompson as a Freedom Rider. In the photo, she is only 18 years old.

Along with her sisters, Alice and Jean, she was one of the earliest members of New Orleans CORE.

This is the arrest photo of New Orleans CORE member Jean Thompson as a Freedom Rider. In the photo, she is only 19 years old.

Along with her sisters, Alice and Shirley, she was one of the earliest members of New Orleans CORE.

This is a photo of New Orleans CORE chairman Oretha Castle. One of the chapter's founding members, she was also part of landmark 1
case, Lombard, et al v. Louisiana, after being arrested during the chapter's demonstration against Woolworth's…

This is the arrest photo of New Orleans CORE member Doris Jean Castle as a Freedom Rider. She was 18 at the time and is the younger sister of New Orleans CORE chairman Oretha Castle.

This is a 1963 photo of New Orleans CORE member Doris Jean Castle being removed by police from a demonstration at the local City Hall.

This is an audio clip of New Orleans CORE chairman Jerome Smith talking about an incident form his childhood growing up in segregation that influenced his eventually becoming a civil rights activist.

This is the 1961 arrest photo of New Orleans CORE chairman and founding member Jerome Smith as a Freedom Rider. He was 22 at the time.

Affectionately known as 'Big Duck', he was viciously beaten as a result of his participation.
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