Queens CORE (pt.3)
The chapter had first involved itself in P.S. 40 because it received complaints of students being ‘mistreated’. The Jamaica NAACP even accused the chapter of being racist for trying to run the principal, who was White, out of the school. It went so far as to label Queens CORE’s actions a ‘lynching’. Queens CORE counter charged that the Jamaica NAACP was ‘dictated by White slave masters’. Ultimately, the principal was forced out. Glover was successful in organizing local women in the chapters’ demonstrations against the Board of Education.
P.S. 40 was the school where Herman Ferguson had up until this time worked as an assistant principal. He lost his job after he was arrested. Glover was one of two CORE leaders specifically recognized in Ferguson’s biography for her help and support during his trial. The other was Brooklyn CORE chairman Sonny Carson.
It should also be noted Glover originally came to NYC from Prince Edward County in Virginia. Rather than desegregate as mandated by the Supreme Court's Brown vs. the Board of Education decision, Prince Edward County shut all its public schools down for years. Glover is also cousin to Barbara Johns who led the student strike in Prince Edwards County that became one of the four cases that made up Brown vs. The Board of Education.
The End and a Beginning
After leaving Queens CORE, Glover was hired by the Board of Education. The first program she worked for assisted veterans coming home from the Vietnam war in getting their high school diploma. The second program, which she helped develop and was run out of Queens College, helped adults get college credits for their life experience. Glover herself eventually got a B.A. from Queens College and became a teacher at the insistence of Dr. Evie Rich (New York CORE) who was the principal at Andrew Jackson High School where Glover worked as a paraprofessional. Glover's daughter, Diane, who herself had walked on Queens CORE picket lines as a girl, became a teacher at P.S. 40 years later.
Two other members of Queens CORE, Connie Carr and Hamilton Banks, worked for the program responsible for the creation of the paraprofessionals in the NYC public school system - New Careers at the City University of New York Graduate Center. It was founded and run by with Alan Gartner, former national community relations director for CORE, and Frank Riessman.
Finally, it should be noted at least two Queens CORE chairman in their interviews stated they believed their personal telephones were being tapped while they were chairs. FBI documents on CORE in NYC show Queens CORE, like other chapters in the city, was kept under surveillance. They also show that the bureau was aware Dr. Kaufman was a communist. Taking into account what happened to Ferguson and the other CORE members he was arrested with in 1967, is it fair to ask what role, if any, did police and intelligence agencies play in the decline of Queens CORE?
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