Brooklyn Core Oral History

A digital project from Pratt's School of Information

This archive presents the oral history of the Brooklyn chapter of CORE through recordings with key members recounting the major campaigns from 1960-1966.

Gilbert Banks

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Subject

Congress of Racial Equality. Brooklyn Chapter
Civil rights movements—New York (State)—New York
Race relations—New York (State)—New York
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)—History

Description

WWII veteran and skilled construction laborer, Gilbert Banks joined CORE during the Ebinger’s campaign because of the extreme difficulty he experienced getting unionized construction jobs.

In this recording, Banks discusses his early life in Brooklyn and time in the air force. Additionally, he speaks about his experience of post-war employment discrimination, racism in unions, CORE’s early years and his roles in the Ebinger’s and Downstate campaigns.

Creator

Purnell, Brian

Source

Cassette 1

Publisher

Brooklyn Public Library

Date

2000-04-01

Contributor

Banks, Gilbert

Rights

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Format

audio/MPA
Side A 38 min, Side B 38 min

Language

en-US

Type

Sound

Identifier

01_G_Banks

Coverage

Brooklyn (borough)
1926-2000

Citation

Purnell, Brian , “Gilbert Banks ,” Brooklyn Core Oral History, accessed April 1, 2020, http://brklyncore.prattsi.org/items/show/113.