Shared Legacies: The African American-Jewish Civil Rights Alliance
Date(s) and Time(s): Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 7pm
Location: Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Road, Ossining NY 10562
This potent and utterly fascinating call to arms deeply explores the alliance between African Americans and Jewish Americans dating back to the 1909 founding of the NAACP. Director Shari Rogers shows how this union originated in a mutual recognition of the suffering of segregation, violence, and bigotry, but she also highlights how the relationship has frayed in recent years. The film features archival footage and recent interviews with leaders, witnesses, and activists, including the late great Congressman John Lewis, UN Ambassador Andrew Young, the scholar Susannah Heschel, and many others. This potent and inspiring story of unity, empathy, and partnership validates the universality of the human experience, and reminds us how freedom and equality for all can be achieved only when people come together.
The screening of “Shared Legacies” will be followed by a discussion.