THE CORE OF THE MATTER
Vol. 1, No. 3
Published jointly by the Inter Civic Council, Inc., Tallahassee NAACP, and the Tallahassee CORE - 803 Floral Street - Tallahassee, Florida
SEVENTY-FIVE FAST ON FRIDAYS
LUNCH COUNTER INTEGRATION
Seventy five Tallahassee Negroes and five whites have pledged themselves to fast each Friday until lunch counter integration is accepted by local brances of Woolworth, McCrory's, Sears, Neisner's, and Walgreen.
They fast in sympathy with a white youth who has conducted a hunger strike since May 7 to protest segregated local lunch counters.
Negro ministers leading the "fast for equality" include Rev. C. Kenzie Steele, Sr., Dr. James Hudson, Rev. Alexander Sherman, Father David H. Brooks and Rev. Henry M. Steele. Participants signed a pledge (reprinted on p. 2) which emphasized non violence and their desire "to love the persecutor while struggling to end persecution." Pledges were circulated at Bethel Baptist Church services and in the Inter-Civic Council Meeting May 21.
Samuel Roberts is fasting three days per week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Roberts is a strudent at Florida A and M University (Negro).
Participants in the fast will gather each Friday at 7 p.m. for prayer or medication of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 1405 Melvin Street.
POLAND'S HUNGER STRIKE REACHES 19TH DAY
Thursday, May 25 will be the 19th day without food for hunger striker Jefferson Poland, 18 protesting segregation of lunch counters by local brances of chain stores.
The white Unitarian youth, an admirer of Gandhi, hoppes to continue his strike until store managers agree to integration.
Tallahassee Inter-Civic Council, CJRE the Tallahassee NAACP appeal to equalitarians everywhere to write to the national offices of F.W. Woolworth (Woolworth Bldg., New York, N.Y.), McCrory's (Box 1084, N.Y.), Sears-Roebuck (925 S. Homan, Chicago 7, Ill.)
Walgreen (4300 Peterson Ave., Chicago 7, Ill.) and Neisner Bro. (Box 70, Rochester 2. N.Y.) to protest their continued segregation of lunch countes in Tallahassee and other Southern communities.
STEELE STARTS CONTINUES FAST TO MAKE BOYCOTT EFFECTIVE
Recognizing segregation as being a great evil against the dignity and worth of both the segregator and the segregated many of us across the south are determined to rid our nation of this awful malady.
My people here in Tallahassee have by their vote and voice selected me along with others to lead in the sturggle for first class citizenship. For the last year or more we have been trying to get our people to not patronize stores that have segregated lunch counters. There must be some shortcoming on my part to account for this failure. It is beacuse of this failure that I join my Brother Jefferson Poland in a hunger strike. It is my purpose to fast and pray until my people will unite with love and faith behind the fight for freedom.
C. Kenzie Steele, Sr.
VIOLENCE PROVOKED BY HUNGER STRIKE SIGNS
Two male Florida State University (white) students were beaten may 16 near FSu by white youth from Leon High School.
Pat Desrcey and Michael Gallagher sustained cuts and a possible bruised rib respectively, after they refused to remove a sign reading "Support CORE Hunger Strike for Equality." The students had posted similar signs in front of their apartment, which had been torn down and replaced repeatedly.
FSu Dean of Students, R.R. Oglesby, went to the area and spoke with students involved. They were "fine, sincere young people with fine deals, and I really appreciated talking with them," the dean commented. He added that he "did not want want students to be the object of violence."
State Archives of Florida: Series S1486, Box 17, Folder 27
A newsletter published jointly by the Inter Civic Council, Inc., Tallahassee NAACP, and The Tallahassee CORE (Congress on Racial Equality) about civil rights acitivites happening around Tallahassee. The text includes information about hunger strikes and boycotts taking place locally. At the end of the newsletter is a letter dated May 26, 1961, written by C.K. Steele regarding his reasons for fasting.
May 25, 1961