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Looking South: Jews, Blacks, and the Civil Rights Struggle (Shabbat Dinner)
Fri, January 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
For much of the twentieth century individual Jews and eventually national Jewish organizations articulated common cause with the civil rights struggle. They used their personal and institutional clout to press for greater rights for African Americans in the South during the long age of Jim Crow. That effort which looked South, however, put southern Jews in an uncomfortable position as it complicated their adherence to the status quo. This talk with look at this triangulated dynamic of northern Jews, the South, and southern Jews.
Hasia Diner is the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University. She also directs its Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish Studies. A specialist in American and American Jewish history she has written widely in both fields and has been working on the history of Jews and African Americans for most of her career.