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Screening of Shared Legacies

Register now for the screening of the documentary, Shared Legacies, on Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30pm, which explores the history and legacy of Black-Jewish cooperation during the civil rights movement and beyond. 

The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation are revisited and revived in this utterly fascinating, urgent call to action. Common cause was found in the turbulent ‘60s Civil Rights era, as Jewish leaders backed Dr. King’s efforts at racial equality and harmony. Yet, the relationship has frayed in recent years, as a once mighty bond of support and respect has seemingly faded, been forgotten or ignored. Pivotal events come alive through a treasure trove of archival materials, narrated by eyewitnesses, activists, Holocaust survivors, and leaders of the movement, including prominent Atlantans such as Congressman John Lewis, Amb. Andrew Young, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, Rabbi Peter S. Berg, Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., members of the King family, and many others.

With divisive seeds of hate taking root anew in the American landscape, a new generation also affirms their pledge to actively promote the values of social justice. This potent, inspiring story of unity, empathy and partnership validates the ubiquity of the human experience, and how freedom and equality for all can be achieved only when people come together.

Afterward, we will hear from a distinguished panel moderated by our own Jodi Rudoren, editor of the Forward, about ways we can continue to work together to further create a "Shared Legacy" together. Panelists include the film's director, Shari Rogers, Professor Bruce Haynes, Pastor Harriet Johnson of Park United Methodist, and Rabbi Marc Katz. Bios of panelists are below.

This event is sponsored by the generosity of Shirley Cobert in memory of her husband Maxwell "Mac" Cobert (z"l).

We're proud to partner with the Forward, the nation's oldest and leading Jewish news organization. 

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If you are more comfortable participating virtually, you can register here to attend over Zoom.


Dr. Bruce D. Haynes

Dr. Bruce D. Haynes is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis where he holds affiliations in Geography, Community Development, and Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies. His research interests include segregation, suburbanization, the black middle class, race and racialization, and ethnic community organization. His publications include RED LINES, BLACK SPACES: The Politics of Race and Space in a Black Middle-Class Suburb (Yale University Press 2001). His most recent book, The Soul of Judaism: Jews of African Descent in America (New York University Press, 2018), won the 2019 Albert J. Raboteau Book Prize for Best Book in Africana Religions and the Jewish Book Council has noted the book on their website. 

Jodi Rudoren

Jodi Rudoren became Editor-in-Chief of the Forward in 2019. Before that, she spent more than two decades as a reporter and editor at The New York Times. Follow her on Twitter @rudoren , email and sign up here to receive her weekly newsletter, “Looking Forward,” in your inbox.

Dr. Shari Rogers

Dr. Shari Rogers is the writer and director of Shared Legacies. She is President of Spill the Honey Spill the Honey’s vision is to use the transformative power of the arts to change hearts and minds and seek to move people to act for social change. It amplifies the voices of the historic African American-Jewish civil rights coalition in order to reinforce shared legacies that can still foster empathy, nurture compassion, and build partnerships transcending divisions of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. 

Rev. Harriet Johnson

The Rev. Harriet Johnson is Pastor Emerita at Park United Methodist Church.  Pastor Harriet has both a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees in Psychology from Seton Hall, and Kean University respectively.
 Pastor Harriet’s journey with the Lord goes back to childhood. Consequently she was quite surprised to be called to ministry by God so late in life (mid 60s). Pastor Harriet then completed the Master of Divinity degree at Drew University.  Over the years Harriet worked with many different populations ranging from early childhood education, to extensive work with youth in the areas of teen parenthood, juvenile justice and the mental health system. In 2015 Pastor Harriet retired from the State of New Jersey after working in adoption for more than ten years. Pastor Harriet served as Assistant and Associate Pastor at Park United Methodist Church from 2012 until retiring in June 2021. Pastor Harriet continues to support the missions and ministries and is active with Stephan’s Ministry, the Greater Bloomfield Interfaith Partnership and the Mission Team. Pastor Harriet has one son, four grandsons, two granddaughters and one adorable great grandson.

Rabbi Marc Katz

Rabbi Marc Katz is the Rabbi at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield NJ. He is the author of the book The Heart of Loneliness: How Jewish Wisdom Can Help You Cope and Find Comfort (Turner Publishing). 

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