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C.O.R.E - Louisiana - 1963

During the Freedom Summer of 1963, CORE organized demonstrations in parishes north of Baton Rouge where there were large concentrations of unregistered Blacks. Photographs of student activists canvassing and preparing potential Black voters and escorted them to courthouses. Includes photographs for EBONY magazine assignment on Reverend Joe Carter, the first Black man to register to vote in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, which was 80% to 90% Black.

Freedom Summer,voter registration.Louisiana-1964.
Freedom Summer,voter registration.Louisiana-1964.
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A elderly woman attempts to complete complex voter registration form in order to qualify to vote. She is overseen by a registrar. That summer groups like Core, SNCC, and the SCLC made an attempt to register large numbers of black voters in the deep south. Freedom Summer, voter registration. Louisiana,1964.
A elderly woman attempts to complete complex voter registration form in order to qualify to vote. She is overseen by a registrar. That summer groups like Core, SNCC, and the SCLC made an attempt to register large numbers of black voters in the deep south. Freedom Summer, voter registration. Louisiana,1964.
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Ferry, Mississippi River.1964
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Reverend Carter, expecting a visit from the Klan after he has dared to register to vote, stands guard on his front porch,  West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. 1964


“After Reverend Carter had registered to vote, that night vigilant neighbors scattered in the woods near his farmhouse, which was at the end of a long dirt road, to help him if trouble arrived. ‘If they want a fight, we’ll fight,’ Joe Carter told me. ‘If I have to die, I’d rather die for right.’ “He told me, ‘I value my life more since I became a registered voter. A man is not a first-class citizen, a number one citizen, unless he is a voter.’ After Election Day came and went, Reverend Carter added, ‘I thanked the Lord that he let me live long enough to vote.
Reverend Carter, expecting a visit from the Klan after he has dared to register to vote, stands guard on his front porch, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. 1964 “After Reverend Carter had registered to vote, that night vigilant neighbors scattered in the woods near his farmhouse, which was at the end of a long dirt road, to help him if trouble arrived. ‘If they want a fight, we’ll fight,’ Joe Carter told me. ‘If I have to die, I’d rather die for right.’ “He told me, ‘I value my life more since I became a registered voter. A man is not a first-class citizen, a number one citizen, unless he is a voter.’ After Election Day came and went, Reverend Carter added, ‘I thanked the Lord that he let me live long enough to vote."
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Neighbor of Rev. Carter who's come to help protect him after Rev. Carter registered to vote. West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. 1964
Neighbor of Rev. Carter who's come to help protect him after Rev. Carter registered to vote. West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. 1964
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CORE workers eating at integrated restaurant. Loisiana, 1965
CORE workers eating at integrated restaurant. Loisiana, 1965
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CORE workers eating at integrated restaurant. Loisiana, 1965
CORE workers eating at integrated restaurant. Loisiana, 1965
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CORE workers eating at integrated restaurant. Loisiana, 1965
CORE workers eating at integrated restaurant. Loisiana, 1965
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Courthouse,  Clinton,  Louisiana.  1964
Courthouse, Clinton, Louisiana. 1964
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