Then and Now: Blacks and Jews
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". Panelists: 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.
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