Douglas V. Gibbs with Niger Innis
I worked for a while to try to get Constitution Classes into the Inner-Cities.  As a result, my efforts put me in touch with an organization called C.O.R.E.

The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) was created in 1942 by black and white students in Chicago and has historically been a driving force in the Civil Rights movement in the United States.  CORE activists marched with Martin Luther King Jr., and after a short stint with Reverend Jesse Jackson the organization became silent for a while.  The only member of the organization remaining a part of the leadership since the early seventies when Jackson's co-leadership led to the group becoming quite militant is Roy Innis, the National Chairman of CORE.  Roy passed away January 8, 2017.

Roy's son, Niger Innis, whose civil rights and political activities have made him a much sought after national personality, is the National Spokesperson for CORE*.  As a nationally recognized conservative leader, Niger and CORE's board have gathered together through the organization an amalgamation of church leaders and political advocates who seek to revitalize the organization's activity in the civil rights movement, while channeling its activities through a more Godly likeness.  In that pursuit, and with the understanding that the troubles in Hispanic and black communities stems from cultural concerns, CORE has been developing educational programs aimed at informing minority communities of the principles and philosophies regarding liberty and the American System.

In the Hispanic community, as the political winds continue to push towards creating new pathways for the legalization of illegal aliens and "the Dreamers" (children born on American soil to illegal immigrant parents), the task before us as constitutionalists is to decide if we are satisfied with those new legal residents believing the misinformation they are being fed by the statist media and political establishment.  Or, are we going to use community organizing and education program strategies to properly inform the new residents of what the American System is really about, and the importance of patriotic assimilation?

In the black community, as the political winds have turned violent and divisive, we must realize that the problem has nothing to with skin, and everything to do with culture, and our society's move away from godliness.  The American System was inspired by Divine Providence, and if we build a foundation in the black community based on an education platform that involves civics, the philosophies of an orderly society, and the principles of liberty established by America's founding documents, we can steer the culture back to a virtuous base and establish a healthier understanding of politics, economics, and godliness.

After meeting with Niger Innis, CORE invited me to assist the civil rights organization in establishing a network of civics and constitution classes throughout California.  I have been teaching my own classes regarding the United States Constitution since February of 2008 in Southern California.  I have authored books regarding constitutional studies.  I have been a public speaker regarding constitutional literacy for years, and I have been broadcasting my constitutional viewpoints on terrestrial AM radio since 2011.

The plan was for me to become the Director of Civics and Constitutional Studies, to establish and coordinate the classes, hiring the instructors from within the neighborhoods, training the instructors, and providing the curriculum and materials.  The program was scheduled to begin in January of 2017.  Below is video of the press conference to announce the new partnership between myself, and CORE.

* In addition to serving as the National Spokesperson for CORE, Niger Innis is also a member of the Congressional Advocacy Team for, Co-Chairman of the Affordable Power Alliance (APA), member of the Advisory Committee for Project 21 for the National Center for Public Policy Research, consultant to (Empowerment and Excellence Cable channel), serves on the NRA Membership Committee and is an NRA Lifetime member.

Congress of Racial Equality Expansion, and Constitution Classes
Once the countdown to launch was in motion, we encountered a number of obstacles.

I was excited to work with CORE.  The willingness of Roy Innis to stand against the left's attacks and race baiting strategies was, for me, refreshing.

Roy Innis, and CORE, has been a target of race-baiter black leaders.  The NAACP, and people like Al Sharpton, became very critical of CORE.  In 1987, in fact, on the Morton Downey Jr. program, during a heated debate, Roy Innis knocked Al Sharpton to the deck. . .

During the nineties and the first decade of the new millennium, CORE played a minor role and reduced in size greatly.  But, during the Obama administration, as racial division became a major issue, and then exploded with the arrival of Black Lives Matter, CORE's role as the conservative alternative to the NAACP became very important.

The Congress of Racial Equality has been working on expanding their reach, once again.  As Roy Innis continued to be the National Chairman of the organization, his son Niger Innis became the National Spokesman.  In May of 2016, a plan was hatched to work on opening new chapters in California, with classes regarding American Liberty, and the Principles of the U.S. Constitution (based on the concept of a biblical foundation) attached to each chapter.

I was approached shortly after that.  Then, the challenges caused a separation between my team and Niger Innis.

We sought to move in the same direction on our own, with a parallel organization with help from Bishop Ron Allen.

Since those efforts Bishop Ron Allen has passed away and the effort never completely got off the ground.  A future return to the effort is planned.