photo of CORE national chairman Floyd McKissick, Durham CORE chairman Walter Riley and Malcolm X

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Title

photo of CORE national chairman Floyd McKissick, Durham CORE chairman Walter Riley and Malcolm X

Subject

Floyd McKissick, Malcolm X

Description

This is a April 1963 photo of Malcolm X with Floyd McKissick (center), then CORE's national chairman. On the other side of McKissick is Walter Riley, chairman of the local Durham CORE chapter. The photo is from when McKissick debated Malcolm X in Durham, North Carolina.
McKissick already had a good relationship with leaders of the local Nation of Islam (NOI) mosque. He had done legal work for the NOI and often worked with them on education programs. Members in turn protected McKissick's house after bomb threats were made against his family and at least on one occasion took it upon themselves to provide security for one of his demonstrations. Before he left Durham, Malcolm even stayed with the McKissicks at their home. The oldest daughter, Jocelyn Mckissick, was also suspended from school for promoting the event.
The photo speaks to the relationship between CORE and Malcolm X. Regardless of the difference in philosophies (integration vs. separation), Malcolm X had a closer relationship with CORE than any of the other civil rights organizations.

Creator

Harold Moore

Source

https://blogs.lib.unc.edu/ncm/2017/06/24/malcolm-x-debates-floyd-mckissick-in-1963/?fbclid=IwAR3xyjWf22M2-rzgEeVi2j0oQcPH419ajn_PjCFkiaeDpE6bzs_0qCZBO2c

Publisher

Durham Herald Co.

Date

April 18 1963

Rights

Harold Moore/ Durham Herald Co.

Coverage

Durham, North Carolina. April 18 1963

Citation

Harold Moore, “photo of CORE national chairman Floyd McKissick, Durham CORE chairman Walter Riley and Malcolm X,” The CORE Project, accessed July 5, 2022, http://www.thecoreproject.org/omeka/items/show/89.

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