How We Talk About Liberation: 50 Years After Selma

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On March 21, 1965, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel walked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, and other civil rights leaders in the third and final march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama for voting rights. Afterwards, Rabbi Heschel famously remarked, “Even without words, our march was worship. I felt my legs were praying.”

This Passover, Bend the Arc is offering a set of reflections on the legacy of this image — and what it says about our legacy today — to bring to your Seder.

We invited a number of our friends with different relationships to the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and the #BlackLivesMatter movement today to contribute their perspectives to create “How We Talk About Liberation: 50 Years After Selma.”  Contributors include:

  • Dr. Clarence Jones - Speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King
  • Susannah Heschel - Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth
  • Alicia Garza - Co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter
  • David Goodman - President of the Andrew Goodman Foundation
  • Heather Booth - Founder of Midwest Academy and Democracy Partners
  • Rabbi Michael Rothbaum - Co-Chair of the Bay Area Regional Council of Bend the Arc
  • Yavila McCoy - Director of diversity and inclusion initiatives in the Jewish non-profit sector

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