Founded in 1942, CORE is the third oldest and one of the "Big
Four" civil rights groups in the United States. From the
protests against "Jim Crow" laws of the 40's through the
"Sit-ins" of the 50's, the "Freedom Rides" of the 60's, the
cries for "Self-Determination" in the 70's, "Equal Opportunity"
in the 80's, community development in the 90's, to the current
demand for equal access to information, CORE has championed true
equality. As the "shock troops" and pioneers of the civil rights
movement, CORE has paved the way for the nation to follow.
Under the banner of "TRUTH!
LOGIC! & COURAGE!", CORE continues to
promote harmony and healing in all aspects of society; calling
the shots straight--even when it hurts--and confronting the
haters, race baiters and racial racketeers bent on keeping us
CORE's National Headquarters is located in New York City. From
there a network of local affiliates and chapters radiate across
the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Central and
Membership in CORE is open to anyone who believes that "all
people are created equal" and is willing to work towards the
ultimate goal of true equality throughout the world.
The Congress of Racial Equality is officially classified as a
philanthropic omnibus human rights organization. The parent
organization, Congress of Racial Equality, Inc. (CORE, Inc.) is
a not-for-profit corporation in good standing with the State of
New York. Its flagship chapter--NY CORE--serves as host
for the national organization and enjoys a 501(C)3 status
with the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions to CORE are tax
deductible as allowed by law. CORE, Inc. is a 501(C)4
organization under the guidelines of the Federal Government.
In addition to the traditional classifications shared by most
philanthropic groups, CORE was the first civil rights
organization in this country to have been awarded a special
non-governmental consultative status (NGO) at the United
Nations. CORE's is currently assign to two of the United
Nations' most prestigious departments-- the United Nations
Department of Public Information (UNDPI) and the United Nations
Economic and Social Council (UNESCO).
CORE seeks to establish, in practice, the inalienable right for
all people to determine their own destiny--to decide for
themselves what social and political organizations can operate
in their best interest and to do so without gratuitous and
inhibiting influence from those whose interest is diametrically
opposed to theirs. CORE feels that the most important
fundamental freedom for all people is the right to govern
themselves. Once this simple ideal is realized, other
necessary freedoms will automatically follow.
In essence, CORE's aim is to bring about equality for all people
regardless of race, creed, sex, age, disability, sexual
orientation, religion or ethnic background. In pursuing its aim,
CORE seeks to identify and expose acts of discrimination in the
public and private sectors of society. When such an act is
uncovered, CORE, with its many multi-service departments, goes
CORE has established an impeccable record of finding solutions
to the most difficult problems facing minorities; formulating
the most pragmatic positions on important civil rights issues;
instituting the most successful actions to bring about
non-violent social, political and economic change for the
underprivileged and, leading America down a path of equal
opportunity for all of its citizens.
To many we have served as a buffer between them and a life of
welfare, joblessness and dependency. To others we have
been the last hope in a never-ending struggle against tragedy,
depression and hopelessness. We are the light at the end
of a long dark tunnel.
To that end CORE has declared equal access to information,
technology and healthcare it's new civil rights focus for the
21st Century. Recognizing that the civil rights revolution
in America was a tremendous victory for all decent thinking
people, CORE now sees the need to prepare minorities so they may
better maximize the many opportunities that are now available to
In describing CORE today and its overall role in America, it
would be fair to say "THE BUCK STOPS
Commitment and love for our community has made us the advocates
of last resort and a voice for the silent majority--the decent
people in our country. With your support we have become
one of the largest, most active and most successful grassroots
organization in America's history.
With your continued support, CORE will continue to be the beacon
of hope for all people who seek to enjoy the fullness and
satisfaction offered by the "American Dream." CORE is
working to make:
"EQUALITY A REALITY FOR ALL"