photo of CORE founders George Houser and James Robinson (Harlem CORE member)

All Titles

  • photo of CORE founders George Houser and James Robinson (Harlem CORE member)

Dublin Core

Title

photo of CORE founders George Houser and James Robinson (Harlem CORE member)

Subject

Harlem CORE members, CORE founder

Description

This is a photo of two CORE founders, George Houser (standing right in beige jacket, goatee) and James Robinson (standing left, red cap).

Both have much in common in terms of their long and dedicated histories as activists. Both men also served as Executive Director of CORE early in its history. Pacifists, both refused to fight during World War II, becoming conscientious objectors instead. Both fought as far back as the 1950's against apartheid in South Africa through Houser's American Committee on Africa. The history of the christian White man is Africa has, of course, been horrifically problematic. These two, however, seem to have consistently been on the right side of issues, as seen in their early anti-apartheid work. As early as the 1950's, they were protesting against Chase Manhattan Bank in order to get Chase to divest in South Africa. This speaks to how, in many ways, CORE and its people were actually ahead of their times.

Robinson, after he was replaced by James Farmer as national director, continued to be an active presence in Harlem CORE. He was no stranger to Harlem as he had lived there (in the YMCA on 135th street) in the 1940's. Neither was CORE as they had an office on 114th street in the late 1940's and one (manned by Farmer) on 166th street in the early 1950's.

Robinson is also credited with being a master of fund raising and behind CORE"s early success in that area.

Creator

unknown photographer

Source

http://www.trumba.com/i/DgB5N3xROv3HwU*a6oCA*etR.jpg

Publisher

mindonline @ the univ. of chicago

Format

image, jpeg.

Type

image

Files

Collection

Citation

unknown photographer, "photo of CORE founders George Houser and James Robinson (Harlem CORE member)," in Harlem CORE, Item #160, http://harlemcore.com/omeka/items/show/160 (accessed February 15, 2019).