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Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance

August 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Students and influencers in Atlanta and the surrounding region will engage in a three-part dialogue about the history and future of Black-Jewish relations. This virtual event will honor and commemorate the life and legacy of the late Honorable John Robert Lewis, civil rights leader, statesman, and advocate for coalition-building among African Americans and Jewish communities.

Prior to the virtual dialogue, participants will have 48 hours to view the film online using a FREE custom access code.

About the film:

The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation are revisited and revived in this utterly fascinating, urgent call to action.

The modern alliance between African-Americans and Jewish Americans dates to the NAACP founding in 1909. Since then, both groups have endured segregation and racism, from the codified bigotry of southern Jim Crow laws, to blatant bias in real estate, employment, higher education and politics.

Common cause was found in the turbulent ‘60s Civil Rights era, as Jewish leaders backed Dr. King’s efforts at racial equality and harmony. Yet, the relationship has frayed in recent years, as a once mighty bond of support and respect has seemingly faded, been forgotten or ignored.

Pivotal events come alive through a treasure trove of archival materials, narrated by eyewitnesses, activists, Holocaust survivors, and leaders of the movement, including prominent Atlantans such as Congressman John Lewis, Amb. Andrew Young, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, Rabbi Peter S. Berg, Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., members of the King family, and many others.

With divisive seeds of hate taking root anew in the American landscape, a new generation also affirms their pledge to actively promote the values of social justice. This potent, inspiring story of unity, empathy and partnership validates the ubiquity of the human experience, and how freedom and equality for all can be achieved only when people come together.


August 27, 2020
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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