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.

Msemaji and Nandi Weusi

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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

Msemanji and Nandi Weusi, formerly known as Maurice and Winnie Fredericks, became involved with Brooklyn CORE in the early 1960s. While walking on Fulton Street, they notice a group of people outside Woolworth's demonstrating and met Oliver & Marjorie Leeds. Msemaji was impressed by their determination and the inclusion of both African Americans & white demonstrators in the picket line. Oliver Leeds invited them to the upcoming Brooklyn CORE meeting, which sparked the Weusis’ involvement with the chapter.

In this recording, the couple discusses how they become involved in Brooklyn CORE, Operation Clean Sweep, Sonny Carson's role in the chapter, changing their names, and their involvement in the Civil Rights movement from early integration to 'Black Power'.

Creator

Purnell, Brian

Source

Cassette 8

Publisher

Brooklyn Public Library

Date

2001-03-09

Contributor

Weusi, Msemaji
Weusi, Nandi

Rights

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Format

audio/MPA
Side A 45 min, Side B 20 min

Language

en-US

Type

Sound

Identifier

08_M_Weusi_N_Weusi

Coverage

Brooklyn (borough)
1924-2001

Citation

Purnell, Brian, “Msemaji and Nandi Weusi,” Brooklyn Core Oral History, accessed July 14, 2020, http://brklyncore.prattsi.org/items/show/120.