Blacks and Jews: Then and Now

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Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Courtesy photo: United States Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division)
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Courtesy photo: United States Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division)

When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel walked together during the 1965 March on Selma, they forged a bond between blacks and Jews committed to the pursuit of racial justice and equal rights for all Americans.

Today, in an age of persistent economic racism and systemic inequality, attempts to renew this bond are hampered by mutual recrimination: Jews are being asked to check their unacknowledged “white privilege;” blacks are being asked to check their unacknowledged “anti-Semitism.” Is there room for “Jews of color?”

Our panelists, civil rights icon Andrew Young, feminist theologian and scholar Susannah Heschel and diversity educator Yavilah McCoy, will address the past and present of black-Jewish relations, the intersections of black and Jewish identities and the realities of racism in the United States today.

Moderator: Sonari Glinton, contributor, “Fresh Air”


Andrew Young
Civil rights leader, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and the 55th mayor of Atlanta

Yavilah McCoy
Founder of the Ayecha Resource Organization and the current CEO of DIMENSIONS Inc.

Dr. Susannah Heschel
Chair of the Jewish studies program and the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College

This event is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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