Living the Story: The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky
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CORE

The Congress of Racial Equality was organized in 1942, with its main purpose being the practice of “nonviolent resistance” to public segregation. After a decline in the 1950s, it emerged in the ’60s as a major civil rights force, taking a lead role in the lunch counter sit-ins and the Freedom Rides throughout the South. In Kentucky, CORE had chapters in both Lexington and Louisville. Until the late 1960s, when the Black Power movement influenced the leadership, CORE consisted of both black and white members.

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