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Fighting Jim Crow in the County of KingsThe Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn$
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Brian Purnell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813141824

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813141824.001.0001

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“We Had Struggled in Vain”

“We Had Struggled in Vain”

Protest for Construction Jobs and Specters of Violence

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Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings

Brian Purnell

University Press of Kentucky

Black workers could not gain membership in construction unions, and therefore could not find employment in this growing sector of the local economy. Brooklyn CORE, along with a coalition of black ministers from Brooklyn, led a six-week protest campaign at the worksite of the Downstate Medical Center, a state funded construction project. Over 1,000 arrests made this the most significant Civil Rights protest sight in New York City during the long hot summer of 1963. However, threats of violence from people unaffiliated with CORE or the ministers brought a premature end to the campaign.

Keywords:   Nonviolence, Violence, Construction industry unions, Building trades industry, Racial discrimination in employment, Economic civil rights issues, African American ministers

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