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Syracuse: How far from Birmingham – The 1963 CORE Protests and the Racial Politics of Urban Renewal
February 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
On Thursday, February 22nd, Curator of History Bob Searing will speak about the CORE (the Congress on Racial Equality) protests during the 1960s.
In the summer and fall of 1963, the Congress on Racial Equality, a significant national civil rights group, organized a series of marches to protest the city’s program of urban renewal, which was destroying much of the 15th ward, and disproportionately affecting the city’s black community. CORE‘s actions and the city’s response to them mark an important and often overlooked aspect of the larger civil rights movement, which is so often focused on the southern United States. Segregation and racial inequality were not just a southern phenomenon. The protests of 1963 highlight the important work done by civil rights activists in northern cities like Syracuse to combat a wide-spread system of de-facto segregation that were exacerbated by these urban renewal programs.
This event is free and open to the public and will last approximately 45 minutes.