By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host
The countdown to launch is in motion.
The Congress of Racial Equality emerged in 1942, established by black and white students in Chicago. The organization served as one of the big four civil rights organizations through the civil rights era.
During CORE's heyday, the members of the organization participated in lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and marches with Martin Luther King, Jr. However, during that time period, a very liberal and militant reputation began to rise up. Then, in 1968, things changed for the Congress of Racial Equality.
CORE's new National Chairman in 1968 became Roy Innis. Mr. Innis did not agree with the liberal left direction the civil rights movement had been heading. He rejected the Great Society, and believed the way to go for the black community was not through the path being created by the Democrats, but through self-reliance, personal responsibility, and an embrace of the system of American Liberty.
Roy Innis, and CORE, became a target of black leaders. The NAACP, and people like Al Sharpton, became very critical of CORE. In 1987, in fact, on the Morton Downey Jr. program, during a heated debate, Roy Innis knocked Al Sharpton to the deck. . .
During the nineties and the first decade of the new millennium, CORE played a minor role and reduced in size greatly. But, during the Obama administration, as racial division became a major issue, and then exploded with the arrival of Black Lives Matter, CORE's role as the conservative alternative to the NAACP became very important.
The Congress of Racial Equality has been working on expanding their reach, once again. As Roy Innis continued to be the National Chairman of the organization, his son Niger Innis became the National Spokesman. In May of 2016, a plan was hatched to work on opening new chapters in California, with classes regarding American Liberty, and the Principles of the U.S. Constitution (based on the concept of a biblical foundation) attached to each chapter.
I was approached shortly after that, and while the plans are in the earliest stages, I have been working with CORE to establish classes regarding the promise of liberty at each of the chapter offices as they are opened.
More news coming as this effort grows...
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