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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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“A Gun at the Heart of the City”

“A Gun at the Heart of the City”

The world's fair stall-in and the decline of brooklyn core

(p.249) 8 “A Gun at the Heart of the City”
Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings

Brian Purnell

University Press of Kentucky

Frustrated with their past efforts to desegregate employment fields, housing, and public schools, Brooklyn CORE plans a traffic snarling stall-in on all major highways leading to the site of the World’s Fair on the fair’s opening day in 1964. Response to Brooklyn CORE’s audacious tactic is overwhelming and denunciatory. The chapter is labelled an extremist group and disaffiliated from National CORE. This is the chapter’s final major public campaign. After the stall-in, which never happens the way Brooklyn CORE advertised it would, the chapter struggles to find effective ways of combating northern racism.

Keywords:   World’s Fair, 1964-1965, Demonstration tactics, Robert Moses, National CORE

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