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.

Bob Law

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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

Radio personality and community activist Bob Law was born and raised in Bed-Stuy. He joined CORE in 1962 when he was a student at Pratt University. He and his friends were impressed with CORE’s innovative tactics during their housing integration campaign. Law was a critical player in CORE’s major campaigns including Clean Sweep, Ebinger’s, and Downstate. In this recording, Law talks about growing up in Bed-Stuy, race and community in 1950s Brooklyn projects, Operation Clean Sweep, and protesting racial discrimination at White Castle and at the Board of Education. He also talks in depth about the outcome of Downstate Medical Center, tensions between black power and non violence within the group, and Malcolm X’s participation in CORE’s work.

Creator

Purnell, Brian

Source

Cassette 42

Publisher

Brooklyn Public Library

Date

2005-03-29

Contributor

Law, Bob

Rights

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Format

audio/MPA
Side A 44 min, Side B 19 min

Language

en-US

Type

Sound

Identifier

42_B_Law

Coverage

Brooklyn (borough)
1940-2005

Citation

Purnell, Brian, “Bob Law,” Brooklyn Core Oral History, accessed October 18, 2019, http://brklyncore.prattsi.org/items/show/155.