SEDFRE--Community Center Proposals, Organization and Plans for Center, 1964-1965 (Scholarship, Education and Defense Fund for Racial Equality records, 1944-1976; Archives Main Stacks, Mss 546, Box 1, Folder 16)
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Scholarship, Education and Defense Fund for Racial Equality
DescriptionSpearheaded by baseball player Jackie Robinson, a campaign to raise $250,000 to build a community center in Meridian, Mississippi, in honor of the slain civil rights workers began in late 1964 and continued for the next 3-4 years. This folder includes the minutes of a July 1964 CORE Convention which called for the establishment of such a community center. The need for such an institution is supported in this folder by documents on the poverty and deprivation of African Americans in Mississippi and analyses of the pro and cons of several Meridian sites for the community center. There are several autumn 1965 letters both from Meridian residents and from donors and their lawyers, asking what is holding up the building of the community center. Litigation over possible sites slowed down the process, according to CORE letters from early 1966, and land was finally purchased in mid-1966. The folder also includes itemized estimates for setting up the community center for a variety of activities
Memoranda Correspondence Meeting Minutes Reports And Surveys
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