Lot of 2 pinbacks related to the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), comprising:
Freedom / Now / Core pinback, diam. 1.25 in. Text in contrasting black and white. -- CORE / Wants a FAIR World pinback, diam. 1.75 in. Black text surrounding a globe framework in black and white.
The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) was founded in 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, with a mission to "bring about equality for all people regardless of race, creed, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background." Founded on Gandhian principles, CORE sought to challenge racial segregation using non-violent resistance. It participated in "Freedom Rides" throughout the South in the early 1960s, as well as housing reforms, desegregation of schools, employment opportunity in various cities, and more. Many of these were in cooperation with groups such as SNCC. CORE was a key organizer in the March on Washington in 1963, where John Lewis, then SNCC chairman, declared "We want our freedom and we want it now." By the middle of the decade, however, it was beginning to embrace the "Black Power" philosophy that also drove groups such as the Black Panthers. In 1966 the Chicago Freedom Movement was led by Martin Luther King, Jr. and the SCLC as well as other community organizations and a more "power-oriented" CORE.
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