I Raised My Hand to Volunteer - Exhibit Header UNC Library Exhibit Home - I Raised My Hand to Volunteer University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Manuscripts Department - UNC Library

[Source Description: Summer 1963: Photograph, CORE organizer Quinton Baker leads a practice march. Photograph Copyright Jim Wallace. Reproduced with permission from the photographer.]

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: This image is material protected by United States copyright law. Please email the photographer, Jim Wallace, at WallacePhotos@aol.com to request permission to reproduce this image.


Document Description

The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) was a vital element in the Chapel Hill desegregation movement, injecting it with much needed guidance from its experienced leaders. In the early 1960s, the Durham office of CORE was headed by Floyd McKissick, who had been among the first African American students to attend the Law School at UNC. McKissick acted as the attorney for many demonstrators arrested in Chapel Hill. In 1963, McKissick asked Quinton Baker, one of his most seasoned and trusted organizers, to go to Chapel Hill to give seminars on the philosophy of nonviolence and to teach effective demonstration tactics to local activists. Here Baker is shown leading a practice protest march, followed by local leader Harold Foster.