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.

Edith Diamond

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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

Edith Diamond was an African American woman who worked with Marjorie Leeds on the sales floor of a department store in 1940. As part of Brooklyn CORE, Edith and Marjorie conducted apartment testing together. Edith discusses how the landlords were getting wise to CORE’s tactics and how they would have to wait a bit longer to expose the discrimination. Edith also participated in other CORE movement such as the Ebinger’s Bakery protest and Downstate Medical Center. She describes Marjorie as a “drum major for justice.”

In this recording, Elaine recounts her early life and how she met Marjorie Leeds and their friendship before she joined CORE. She also speaks about being a part of the Housing, Ebinger’s Bakery and Downstate Medical campaigns.

Creator

Purnell, Brian

Source

Cassette 20

Publisher

Brooklyn Public Library

Date

2004-07-20

Contributor

Diamond, Edith

Rights

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Format

audio/MPA
Side A 45 min, Side B 12 min

Language

en-US

Type

Sound

Identifier

20_E_Diamond

Coverage

Brooklyn (borough)
1927-2004

Citation

Purnell, Brian, “Edith Diamond,” Brooklyn Core Oral History, accessed July 14, 2020, http://brklyncore.prattsi.org/items/show/132.