OUR HISTORY

OUR HISTORY

From The Organizer, a documentary about the history of ACORN:

June 18th, 1970 marks the informal date of ACORN’s birth. It was on that date that Wade Rathke drove into Little Rock on a mission to create a new organization that would attempt to organize a multi-racial ‘majority constituency’ of low and moderate-income Americans into a single umbrella organization. Over the coming decades ACORN would grow into the biggest and most effective community organization in the United States.

THE ARKANSAS EXPERIENCE: This first excerpt retells the founding of ACORN and its first campaigns and organizational experiences.

1974 ACORN OVERVIEW: From the ACORN archives – A promotional video made in December 1974 highlighting the first four years of ACORN’s work in Arkansas.

GLORIA WILSON INTERVIEW​: An interview with Gloria Wilson, the first ACORN member signed up by Wade Rathke in 1970. The interview was conducted in 1990.


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