photo of national CORE chairman Floyd Mckissick with Urban League executive director Whitney Young

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photo of national CORE chairman Floyd Mckissick with Urban League executive director Whitney Young

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This is a 1968 photo of CORE's national chairman Floyd Mckissick (left) with the Urban League's executive director Whitney Young (right).

The photo was taken at CORE' national convention that July in Columbus, Ohio. Young's presence there was notable because it was the first time Young as head of the most conservative of the national civil rights organizations came out and vocally supported the concept of Black Power.

A year earlier Arthur Harris of South Jamaica CORE and Herman Ferguson, the education chairman of South Jamaica CORE were arrested for plotting to assassinate both Young and Roy Wilkins. Ferguson was supported during his trials by several CORE leaders at the time, including: Ali Lamont, Sonny Carson, Jitu Weusi, Maurice and Winnie Fredricks of Brooklyn CORE; Gular Glover and Hamilton Banks of Queens CORE.

The conspiracy turned out to be part of the FBI's Counter-intelligence program's (COINTELPRO) attempts to discredit Black leaders and prevent the coalition of Black nationalist groups.

Jerome Jackson of Harlem CORE in discussing how he had been assigned to act as security for Young during the convention noted how everyone else, including Roy Wilkins, had brought their own security, except for Young who showed up with just his secretary. Because of this, Jackson commented on how Young was 'the bravest' man he knew.

Source

'CORE is Split on Black Power'

Publisher

Newsday

Date

July 8, 1968

Rights

UPI Telephoto

Coverage

Columbus, Ohio. July, 1968

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“photo of national CORE chairman Floyd Mckissick with Urban League executive director Whitney Young,” corenyc.org, accessed December 9, 2018, http://www.corenyc.org/omeka/items/show/311.