film clip of New York CORE protest at the Statue of Liberty, 1961

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film clip of New York CORE protest at the Statue of Liberty, 1961


New York CORE


This is film footage of New York CORE's 1961 Statue of Liberty protest in support of the southern Freedom Riders. This occurred just a few months before the chapter moved up to 125th street.

from the Digital Library of Georgia website:
"In 1961 the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) organized a test of interstate transportation dubbed the Freedom Ride. The ride, patterned after the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation, began in Washington D.C. on May 4, 1961 after three days of nonviolence training.
The trip met little resistance through Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. However, on May 14, the two groups of riders were attacked in Anniston and Birmingham, Alabama. Although the riders eventually flew to New Orleans on May 15, student civil rights workers from Nashville, Tennessee organized replacement riders to continue the journey. After several days of delay, on May 20, 1961, the reorganized Freedom Riders traveled from Birmingham to Montgomery. In Montgomery, the riders were again attacked by a white mob that beat the riders and several bystanders, including John Seigenthaler, personal assistant to attorney general Robert F. Kennedy.
Following several more days of negotiations attempting to guarantee the riders' safety, the group traveled from Montgomery to Jackson, Mississippi on May 25. Mississippi officials promptly arrested the May 25 Freedom Riders and every subsequent group of riders that came to Jackson. Many riders, following the "jail, no bail" policy of civil rights workers, would stay in jail the thirty-nine days required for appeals before being bailed out.
On August 13, the New York CORE branch held a rally supporting the local Freedom Riders who were scheduled to return to Jackson the next day to appeal their arrest. The rally began at Battery Park in Manhattan and then moved to Liberty Park until the park closed. Many demonstrators vowed to "fast for freedom" for the twenty-four hours of the demonstration to show solidarity with the arrested riders."


WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)



Digital Library of Georgia and Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, University of Georgia Libraries




New York, 1961


WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.), “film clip of New York CORE protest at the Statue of Liberty, 1961,”, accessed December 6, 2023,

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