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Oretha Castle Haley interview
Haley, Oretha Castle
Rogers, Kim Lacy
Oretha Castle Haley begins the interview by discussing her involvement in the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), an organization she joined in 1959. Haley Initially meeting at the Dryades Street YMCA, she describes that the direct action demonstrations CORE participated in appealed particularly to younger activists. White students from Tulane University and Loyola University joined students from Xavier University and other younger African American activists in New Orleans CORE's earliest years. She continues discussing CORE's demonstrations in New Orleans, including those at McCrory's, as well as legal issues resulting from her activism. Haley notes that despite the three historically black colleges and universities in New Orleans, Civil rights activism in New Orleans was somewhat muted compared to that in other Southern cities. Haley attributes New Orleans' settlement patterns, absent a clearly "line of demarcation" to separate residents across racial lines, as a major factor in this. Given the close proximity in which Whites and Blacks often lived throughout New Orleans' history, the city hasn't had the type of physical violence between races which often served as a catalyst for direct action in other Southern cities. She details the early years of CORE in New Orleans, under the presidency of Rudy Lombard and Jerome Smith before Haley herself took over. She says membership numbers fluctuated from year to year.
New Orleans (La.)
Amistad Research Center
Box 5, Item 23, Side 1, Kim Lacy Rogers collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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