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White City Roller Rink Demonstration, 1949

 

 

 

White City Roller Rink Demonstration, 1949

Protestors demonstrate against racial discrimination at the White City Roller Rink (63rd and South Parkway, later King Drive) in 1949. The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), established in 1942, staged protests and sit-ins like this one throughout the 1940s and 1950s to break down racial barriers in housing, public accommodations, and recreational activities.