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Jewish Lawyers Against Jim Crow: Newton History Series (Zoom)

Join us for a presentation that will illuminate the work of a group of Jewish attorneys who mounted a campaign against the Jim Crow laws in the South in the 1960s; among them was a young Barney Frank. By challenging legally-enforced segregation, these members of the bar made “the equal protection of the laws” more widely applicable even outside the South. Yet what they accomplished has yet to be adequately told, or appreciated. The talk will be given by Brandeis University professor emeritus Stephen Whitfield.


Stephen Whitfield is professor of American Studies (emeritus) at Brandeis University, where he taught from 1972 until 2016 and won two teaching awards. He is the author of ten books, including A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till (1988), The Culture of the Cold War (1991), In Search of American Jewish Culture (1999) and, most recently, Learning on the Left: Political Profiles of Brandeis University (2020). He has served as Fulbright visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and also taught at the Sorbonne and at the University of Munich.


This program is part of the Newton History Series, cosponsored by Historic Newton


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Thursday, February 23, 2023 Show more dates
7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Ellen Meyers