Professor Dollinger: Reinventing the Black-Jewish Alliance of 1960s

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Black and white photo of participants in 1963 march on Lincoln Memorial

JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL -- Marc Dollinger holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. He is blogging as part of Jewish Book Council’s Visiting Scribe series.

“At the very time when the two communities split over fundamental differences in political approaches and strategies, Jewish leaders sensed opportunities to leverage Black Power thinking to strengthen Jewish education, identity and political activism,” Dollinger writes. “When young progressive Jews faced rebuke from black militants intent on maintaining African American leadership of civil rights organizations, they responded by borrowing a page from the Black Power handbook. Across the Jewish communal landscape, young Jews turned inward.”

Photo by Warren K. Leffler/Library of Congress