CORE and Central Area Civil Rights Campaigns Special Section

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We have collected over seventy documents from Seattle's CORE chapter and other Central Area civil rights campaigns from 1960-1968. Click on this link to go to the main gallery, or browse the thematic galleries below and click on the images to be taken to the sub-collections. We are grateful to the Special Collections Library at the University of Washington and the Central Area Motivation Project.


Almost from its inception in 1961, Seattle's CORE chapter struggled against employment discrimination in Seattle's downtown businesses. CORE collected extensive documentation on hiring practices and racial discrimination and then attempted to use the information to negotiate with business management to bring about changes. When this failed, or moved slower than CORE thought was reasonable, they changed tactics to pickets, boycotts, and direct action techniques, culminating in the Drive for Equal Employment in Downtown Stores (DEEDS) in 1964. Though the DEEDS campaign failed, CORE continued its attempts to influence larger layers of African-American workers by turning its attention, in 1966, to segregation within labor unions. Digitization of documents courtesy of the Special Collections Library, University of Washington (CORE, Seattle Chapter Records, 1961-1970, Manuscript Collection 1563). Copyright (c) reserved.



Letters, flyers, and papers from numerous civil rights campaigns in 1960s Seattle, spearheaded by CORE, the Urban League, the NAACP, the Central Area Civil Rights Committee, and other civil rights organizations, relating to police brutality, community programs, education, and particularly, the campaigns for open housing in 1963-1964. Digitization of documents courtesy of the Special Collections Library, University of Washington (CORE, Seattle Chapter Records, 1961-1970, Manuscript Collection 1563). Copyright (c) reserved.

 


The Central Area Motivation Project, or CAMP, was the first recipient in the country of federal funds from the 1964 War on Poverty legislation, and formed to administer programs in Seattle's Central District neighborhood. This album contains issues of CAMP's newspaper, The Trumpet, from April 1967 to Spring 1970, along with selected documents from their early history, including reports on the "Soul Search" free courses offered at the University of Washington. Digitization courtesy of the Microform and Newspaper Collections, University of Washington Library; documents courtesy of the Special Collections Library, University of Washington (CORE Seattle Chapter Records, 1961-1970, Manuscript Collection 1563). Permission was granted by the Central Area Motivation Project, still in existence today. Copyright (c) reserved.

 


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