On MLK Day, Recalling the Long History of Jewish-Black Solidarity

Every January, communities around the nation celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that great American prophet of equality. But this year, MLK Day coincides auspiciously with the yahrzeit (anniversary of death) of another influential prophetic voice, that of Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel. The two religious and moral leaders developed a…

50 Years Later, Right to Vote Still is Not Guaranteed

“The success of the civil rights movement in raising the consciousness of America was made possible by the coalition we had with the American Jewish community. People gave their very lives.” Those striking words were spoken on June 5 by civil rights icon Clarence Jones, former adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. and co-author of…