Living Legacy Pilgrimage: The Jewish Experience in the Civil Rights Movement

Linda Bodner, Myra Schwartz, and Jerry Schwartz describe their experience and insights as five members of the congregation who went on a memorable pilgrimage to Alabama and Mississippi to visit many of the iconic sites of the civil rights struggle of the 1950s and 1960s: Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery. Alabama and to Philadelphia, Mississippi where the Freedom Riders Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney were murdered by the Klan.

The trip also focused on the Jewish connection to the civil rights movement, including a visit to a historic synagogue in Selma that was built in 1899 and to meet and talk with Jewish residents in Birmingham and Selma.

A film, After Selma: The Fight for the Right to Vote Continues, was shown after the presenation. You can access the video HERE:

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