Informative Speech: The Congress of Racial Equality Essay

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Topic: Congress of Racial Equality

Specific Purpose Statement: To inform my audience about the mission, members, activities and plans of the Congress of Racial Equality


The Congress of Racial Equality or CORE is a U.S. civil rights organization that played an essential role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century.
Membership in CORE is stated to be open to "anyone who believes that 'all people are
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Gandhi had, in turn, been influenced by the writings of Henry David Thoreau. Mohandas Gandhi was then still engaged in non-violent resistance against British rule in India. The group believed that nonviolent civil disobedience could be used by African-Americans to challenge racial segregation in the South and eventually other parts of the United States.

In early 1947, CORE announced plans to send eight white and eight black men into the Deep South to test the Supreme Court ruling that declared segregation in interstate travel unconstitutional. Organized by George Houser and Bayard Rustin, the Journey of Reconciliation was to be a two week pilgrimage through Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The Journey of Reconciliation began on 9th April, 1947.
Members of the Journey of Reconciliation team were arrested several times. The Journey of Reconciliation achieved a great deal of publicity and was the start of a long campaign of direct action by the Congress of Racial Equality.
In February 1948 the Council Against Intolerance in America gave Houser and Bayard Rustin the Thomas Jefferson Award for the Advancement of Democracy for their attempts to bring an end to segregation in interstate travel.

CORE, SNCC and NAACP also established 30 Freedom Schools in towns throughout Mississippi. Volunteers taught in the schools…

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