photo of school protest by Bibuld family, Brooklyn CORE


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photo of school protest by Bibuld family, Brooklyn CORE


This is a photo of the Bibuld family who were at the center of Brooklyn CORE's first campaign against the NYC Board of Education. In between Elaine and Jerome Bibuld are their children (from left to right) Melanie, Carrington, and Douglass.

Jerome Bibuld who was Jewish, grew up in poverty and spent time in an orphanage. He attended Communist meetings early on and was a member of a Communist influenced group before coming into Brooklyn CORE. *

Elaine came from a family in Virginia that physically fought back against Whites and lived in a self sufficient Black town. She had previously worked on the campaign for Benjamin Davis, the first Black member of the Communist Party to become a city councilman. *

Douglas went on the Stuyvesant High School which was considered the most prestigious public high school in the city. He was also involved in the African American Students Association (AASA). After graduating from Antioch College, he attended Baylor College of Medicine and did his internship at Harlem Hospital. Dr. Bibuld practices internal medicine.

All three children were involved in the Uhuru Sasa after school program, and like Douglas, Melanie was a member of the AASA. She became more heavily involved in the EAST as a teenager. She changed her name to Imani (swahili for faith, belief). She is now known as Rev. Imani Roby and is currently a member of the Shrine of The Black Madonna in Detroit, a pan-African Orthodox Christian church founded by Rev. Albert Cleague in the late 1960's. Her husband is the leader of the church's security force, the Macabees. She is also a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and founder of the Dr. Albert B. Cleage, Sr. Memorial Health Center, a free health clinic.

The youngest, Carrington, also went to Stuyvesant H.S. , graduated from college and is still living in Brooklyn.

* from Brian Purnell's dissertation, “A Movement Grows in Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Northern Civil Rights Movement During the Early 1960s.”


Bob Adelman



Bob Adelman, “photo of school protest by Bibuld family, Brooklyn CORE,”, accessed April 8, 2020,

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