The American Jewish Contribution to the Civil Rights Movement

by Rachel Baker on August 27, 2013

Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understand shares the history of the American Jewish contribution the Civil Rights Movement.

No segment of American society outside of the black community provided as strong and consistent support for Dr. King and the struggle for civil rights as did the American Jewish community. That reality was reflected not only in the many thousands of Jews who were among the 250,000 participants in the March, but also in the array of Jewish leaders who sat on the dais behind Dr. King and the other speakers, including Shad Polier of the American Jewish Congress, Rabbi Leon Foyer of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and George Maislan of the United Synagogue of America.

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