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This is a 2013 interview with Harlem CORE member Sheila Michaels about fellow member Mary Hamilton. The story focuses on Mary Hamilton's Supreme Court case which forced the courts to address Blacks by their last names. At the time it was customary…

"NYC CORE is disgusting. The entire chapter needs to be purged or better yet disaffiliated."

This is a 1962 evaluation by CORE official Mary Hamilton of the Harlem chapter of CORE. Hamilton, who was originally a member of the chapter both…

This is the 1961 arrest photo for Harlem CORE Mary Hamilton as a Freedom Rider in Jackson, Mississippi. At the time, she was 25 years old.

A Black woman, she would joke that she was 'light enough to pass' in her oral history interview when…

This is a 1963 photo of Mary Hamilton in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. She is standing next to Rev. Joe Carter, the first Black person to vote in that parish in 61 years because of Jim Crow segregation laws. Whites had retaliated by terrorizing…

This is a list of new Harlem CORE members one month after the chapter moved to 125th street. It includes Doris Funnye (aka Doris Innis), Lucy Komisar and Mary Hamilton.
CORE traditionally had two classes of membership. These listed had just…

This is a famous photo of Mary Hamilton, CORE Field Secretary, Freedom Rider and CORE's first female Southern Regional Director.
A member of the chapter before they moved uptown, she was one of the original active members of Harlem CORE. She was…

This is the cover of the April 23, 1964 issue of Jet magazine, one of the only weekly national Black magazines at the time. It features Harlem CORE member Mary Hamilton and her Supreme Court case which has come to be known as the 'Miss Mary' case.

This is a photo of Sheila Michaels, one of the earliest members of Harlem CORE once the chapter (known as New York CORE) moved up to 125th street. Like Susan Brownmiller and Susan Wells (among others) she was involved in some of the early housing…