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Harlem CORE | photo of Harlem CORE member Tony Spencer
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photo of Harlem CORE member Tony Spencer

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Title

photo of Harlem CORE member Tony Spencer

Subject

Harlem CORE members

Description

This is a 1972 photo of Harlem CORE member Tony Spencer. He is also the son of Harlem CORE chairman Gladys Harrington. This is information that I did not find anywhere in the records or documentation of New York CORE or Harlem CORE. It came about through an oral history interview that I conducted with Harlem CORE members Bob Harris and Donald Elfe.

The 'all-American boy', Harlem style, he is exactly what CORE was trying to accomplish by coming uptown and working within the local community - to produce and develop leadership. His is a classic Harlem story. Adopted by Gladys Harrington, he became a very active member in Harlem CORE by fifteen. Participating in campaigns as early as 1963, he eventually became a nationalist. He left Harlem CORE by 1969 and went into the Air Force, serving in Vietnam War.

The photo marks his election as president of the student government at City College/CUNY. It also speaks to his long career in politics and as a community leader.

Source

Amsterdam News

Publisher

Amsterdam News

Date

May 6, 1972

Rights

Amsterdam News

Format

image, jpeg

Type

image

Coverage

Harlem, New York, 1972

Files

Collection

Citation

"photo of Harlem CORE member Tony Spencer ," in Harlem CORE, Item #163, http://harlemcore.com/omeka/items/show/163 (accessed April 25, 2017).