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.

Rioghan Kirchner

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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

Rioghan Kirchner joined CORE after reading about its housing campaigns in the local newspapers. She expected she would be doing clerical work, but ended up becoming one of their white testers. Her first experience as a white tester was a disaster but soon learned the tactics needed to expose racial discrimination. She and other members of Brooklyn CORE’s Housing committee took pride in exposing racial discrimination. CORE’s tactics of sending in white testers, conducting sit-in’s, protesting and filing complaints to the New York City’s Commission on Intergroup Relations (COIR) allowed the integration of many white neighborhoods.

In this recording, Kirchner discusses her childhood in England, move to New York, and introduction to CORE. She speaks about her part in most of the chapter’s major campaigns including the role of white testers in CORE’s Housing Integration campaign.

Creator

Purnell, Brian

Source

Cassette 3

Publisher

Brooklyn Public Library

Date

2000-09-29

Contributor

Kirchner, Rioghan

Rights

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Format

audio/MPA
Side A 30 min, Side B 30 min

Language

en-US

Type

Sound

Identifier

03_R_Kirshner

Coverage

Brooklyn (borough)
1930-2000

Citation

Purnell, Brian , “Rioghan Kirchner,” Brooklyn Core Oral History, accessed April 1, 2020, http://brklyncore.prattsi.org/items/show/115.