photo of George Houser, first Executive Secretary of CORE

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photo of George Houser, first Executive Secretary of CORE

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This is a photo of CORE founding member George Houser. While James Farmer was CORE’s first chairman, Houser as CORE’s first Executive Secretary was essentially the head of CORE and its guiding director throughout its first two decades.

A pacifist heavily influenced by Ghandhi, he served a year in prison for refusing to register for the draft while a student at Union Theological Seminary. After being released he transferred to the University of Chicago where he worked as a field secretary for the Fellowship of Reconciliation during CORE’s formative years. CORE’s headquarters eventually came to New York City because he moved here in 1946.

The son of a Methodist minister, he also became a minster. After resigning from CORE in 1957, he went on to start the American Committee on Africa which played a significant role in the anti-apartheid movement here in the United States.

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http://johanpdx.blogspot.com/2010/01/men-of-peace.html

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“photo of George Houser, first Executive Secretary of CORE,” corenyc.org, accessed December 11, 2017, http://www.corenyc.org/omeka/items/show/187.