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.

Congressman Major Owens

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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

Originally from Tennessee, Congressman Owns came into Brooklyn CORE when he was working as a librarian in the Brooklyn Public Library. Congressman Major Owens joined CORE in 1960 and acted as the chairman of CORE from 1965-1966 after the Worlds Fair Stall-In. Before becoming chairman, Owens worked on CORE’s Housing Committee and became well known for coordinating rent-strikes.

In this recording, Major Owens discusses his leadership in CORE, the World Fair Stall-In, balancing family and activism, running for government, National CORE’s relationship to the chapter, fundraising, and local activism.

Creator

Purnell, Brian

Source

Cassette 38

Publisher

Brooklyn Public Library

Date

2003-12-12

Contributor

Owens, Major

Rights

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Format

audio/MPA
Side A 46 min, Side B 14 min

Language

en-US

Type

Sound

Identifier

38_M_Owens

Coverage

Brooklyn (borough)
1936-2003

Citation

Purnell, Brian, “Congressman Major Owens,” Brooklyn Core Oral History, accessed October 18, 2019, http://brklyncore.prattsi.org/items/show/150.