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Documentary Film: Shared Legacies

  • January 03, 2021
  • 9:00 AM
  • January 05, 2021
  • 9:00 PM

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Shared Legacies

Film Screening and Optional Zoom Discussion


Film Screening:  8:00 AM Dec. 3 - 7:00 PM Dec. 5. 

Zoom Discussion:  Tuesday, January 5 at 8:00 PM, featuring

  • Rabbi Micah Greenstein is Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel of Memphis where he has been for 25 years. A leader in inter-faith and inter-racial cooperation and understanding, Rabbi Greenstein is a two-time President of the Memphis Ministers Association, and has served on the boards of the NAACP as well as the National Civil Rights Museum
  • Shari Rogers, Ph.D., the President of “Spill the Honey,” a non-profit organization committed to advancing public knowledge of the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement, which developed and directed Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Alliance".

To View the Trailer:  Click HERE .

Description

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.





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