On Tuesday, May 9, 2006,
CORE officials led by Roy Innis, National Chairman, marked the 206th
anniversary of the birth of John Brown and the 147th year of his
execution by laying a wreath of flowers at his grave in Lake Placid,
New York. .
Accompanied by CORE officials and
decendents, CORE Chairman, Roy Innis, lays wreath at the
grave of John Brown in Lake Placid, NY.
Innis said, “John Brown’s contributions
in ending slavery has not been properly
recognized. Within two years of his death, the Civil War broke out.
He was the spiritual inspiration of the Union Army as evidenced in
the song The Battle Hymn of the Republic”.
Roy Innis and descendent of John
Brown stand by statue of Brown
The Organization received a large amount of positive feedback from
John Brown historians and scholars around the country and Canada
including Brown's great-great grand daughter..
All expressed their gratitude for honoring and giving Brown
recognition for his contributions in ending slavery. In a press
release dated May 9, 2006, Mr. Innis noted that within two years of
John Brown’s death, the Civil War broke out. He also stated that
many are unaware that he was the spiritual inspiration of the Union
On May 17, and again on May 24, 2006, CORE will show two
documentaries about John Brown that explore this historical figure
from different points of view. The first documentary, Mean To Be
Free: John Brown's Black Nation Campaign, is based on the research
of Jean Libby, a renowned author and historian. Unlike many negative
depictions of John Brown as an erratic and unstable man, Mrs.
Libby’s film uses primary sources to depict Brown as a man that was
sane, deliberate and heroic.
Roy Innis and CORE Board Member,
Joseph Lovece, Jr.
at John Brown memorial.
The first documentary, Mean To Be Free: John Brown's Black Nation
Campaign, is based on the research of Jean Libby, a renowned author
and historian. Unlike many negative depictions of John Brown as an
erratic and unstable man, Mrs. Libby’s film uses primary sources to
depict John as a man that was sane, deliberate and heroic.
CORE Delegation tours the grounds of
the farm where Brown was born and raised and ultimately laid to
The second documentary, John Brown's Holy War, will be shown on the
following Wednesday (May 24th). The film is part of the
PBS series the American Experience. In this documentary John Brown
is referred to as a religious zealot, martyr and reluctant
There will be a discussion after each screening explore John Brown,
his legacy and his role in history. Screenings will be limited to 20
participants. Please call Corinne Innis at (212) 598-4000 to reserve
817 Broadway, 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10003
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Grounds and cabin where John Brown