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    Shared Legacies: the African American-Jewish Civil Rights Alliance

    The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation are revisited and revived in SHARED LEGACIES: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN-JEWISH CIVIL RIGHTS ALLIANCE.

    The modern alliance between African Americans and Jewish Americans dates to the founding of the NAACP in 1909. Since then, both groups have endured segregation and racism, from the codified bigotry of southern Jim Crow laws, to the blatant bias in real estate, employment, higher education and politics. Common Cause was founded in the turbulent ‘60s Civil Rights era, as Jewish leaders backed Dr. King’s efforts at racial equality and harmony. Pivotal events come alive through a treasure trove of archival materials, narrated by eyewitnesses, activists, Holocaust survivors, and leaders of the movement, including Congressman John Lewis, Ambassador Andrew Young, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, Rabbi Peter S. Berg, Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., members of the King family, and many others. With division again taking root in the American landscape, SHARED LEGACIES proves an inspiring reminder for the new generation of how freedom and equality for all can be achieved only when people come together.

    USA • 2020

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    95 MINUTES





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    Discussion with Paul Rockower and Professor Marc Dollinger. 22 minutes.

    Paul Rockower is the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix. He is formerly the Executive Director of Levantine Public Diplomacy, an independent public diplomacy organization. He has managed the U.S. Department of State's American Music Abroad and Next Level programs in dozens of countries around the world, including many countries in conflict. Rockower has worked with multiple Foreign Ministries, including Israel, India and Taiwan. He can be reached at

    Dr. Marc Dollinger holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. He has served as research fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion as well as the Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Humanities at Bryn Mawr College, where he coordinated the program in Jewish Studies. Professor Dollinger is author of four scholarly books in American Jewish history. His next project traces his own experience fighting campus anti-Semitism at both right-wing and left-wing universities.

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