GOING SOUTH: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement
Jews went South to fight for civil rights in numbers disproportionate to their representation in the general U.S. population. What, if anything, makes fighting racism a particularly Jewish endeavor? Did gender shape the experiences of Jewish women who went South for sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, the 1964 Freedom Summer and other less-known activist roles?
Historian Dr. Debra Schultz, author of Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement (New York University Press, 2001), and founding program director of the Open Society Institute/Soros Foundation’s Network Women’s Program, will discuss these questions and her motivations for documenting Jewish women’s civil rights activism.
All are welcome at this free event.