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Saturday, March 19 • 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Blacks, Jews, and Civil Rights in New Orleans: A Complicated History

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Jewish New Orleanians are widely recognized as champions of African American civil rights.  But how deserving are they of that reputation, and what did Jewish support for black advancement really look like during the Crescent City’s long civil rights movement?  In this session, participants will learn about key players and moments relating to Jewish engagement in the African American freedom struggle, with particular attention paid to education and housing.  Participants will also develop their own ideas about the topic through the exploration of primary sources.  In addition to illuminating critical aspects of New Orleans’ past, this session will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on the lessons that history offers for understanding – and contributing to – the ongoing quest for racial justice.

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Walter Stern

Walter C. Stern, Ph.D., is a historian who focuses on race and education in the urban United States. His current book manuscript examining schools, race, and urban development in nineteenth- and twentieth-century New Orleans is under contract with Louisiana State University Press... Read More →

Saturday March 19, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm CDT
Gates of Prayer -- Library 4000 West Esplanade Avenue South, Metairie, LA 70002