Unknown Story of the Jewish Lawyers Who Fought Jim Crow

December 11, 2022 Concord Free
Professor Stephen Whitfield (Courtesy: Brandeis University)

Join Kerem Shalom of Concord for “The Unknown Story of the Jewish Lawyers Who Fought Jim Crow” with Professor Stephen Whitfield. Professor Whitfield’s talk will focus on the critical role of Jewish lawyers in the civil rights movement during the 1960s. The presentation is being offered in-person only.

“The quest for racial justice in the United States has been a constant struggle, with successes and failures, triumphs and limitations,” comments Whitfield. “One clear historic victory consists of the extinction of legally-sanctioned white supremacy in the South, a campaign that was mounted not only in the streets but also in the courtroom. In the early 1960s, a few hundred attorneys came from outside the region to apply their professional skills, taking risks and courting danger—out of an idealistic desire to make America more democratic. Nearly all of these lawyers were white; nearly all of them were Jews. What they managed to accomplish has never been adequately told. The presentation at Kerem Shalom is intended to offer a partial remedy.”

Professor Whitfield taught American Studies at Brandeis University from 1972-2017 and is now Brandeis Professor Emeritus. He has won a number of major teaching awards and is the author of ten books on twentieth-century American history and on American Jewish history. Over the years, he has shared his insights on many topics with Kerem Shalom members, including politics, culture, music, and Jewish history.

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Sunday, December 11, 2022, 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Kerem Shalom
659 Elm St
Concord, MA 01742
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