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Holocaust Memorial Center and Charles H. Wright Museum Partner for “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow” Program Series


Events on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 will focus on Jewish-African American Relations. The presentations are part of a current Holocaust Memorial Center exhibit, “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow,” which is on display through Dec. 15.

Farmington Hills, MI, November 27, 2013 --(PR.com)-- The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus (www.holocaustcenter.org) and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (http://thewright.org) are partnering to host a two-event series, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, focusing on Jewish-African American relations.

The presentations are part of a current Holocaust Memorial Center exhibit, “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow,” which is on display through Dec. 15. The exhibit tells the story of Jewish professors who fled Nazism and came to America in the 1930s and 1940s, finding teaching positions at historically black colleges and universities. The exhibition explores the encounter between these scholars and their students, and their impact on each other, the Civil Rights Movement and American society.

The first of the two events takes place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Holocaust Memorial Center (28123 Orchard Lake Road) in Farmington Hills. Dr. Howard Lupovitch, Director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University, will present on “Emancipation and Abolition: The Transatlantic Search for Freedom.”

Dr. Lupovitch will explore the activism of a group of Jewish freedom fighters who fought for Jewish emancipation in Central Europe until 1848, and then came to America and joined with the Abolitionists to fight against slavery. Admission for the event is $8 (free for Holocaust Memorial Center members).

On Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m., the Charles H. Wright Museum (315 E. Warren Ave.) in Detroit hosts University of North Carolina Professor of History Dr. Genna Rae McNeil for a presentation on “Convergence in the Midst of Conflict: African Americans and Jewish Relationships, 1930-1954.” Admission for this event is free.

Dr. McNeil will discuss the courage of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was martyred in Germany during World War II, the impact of Jewish scholars at historically black colleges and universities, and Jewish defenders of the rights of African Americans in movements for justice, freedom and equality prior to the Civil Rights Movement.

“The strong relationship between Jews and African Americans is not something that everyone knows about,” said Holocaust Memorial Center Executive Director Stephen M. Goldman. “Working with the Charles H. Wright Museum enables us both to take this message beyond our usual audience and show how the power of mutual respect between two groups can help one day to bring us closer to reaching universal hope, tolerance and understanding of one another.”

The Black United Fund of Michigan is presenting the two-event series with additional support from the Anti-Defamation League, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Wayne State University Law School and Damon J. Keith Law Collection.

About the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus opened in 1984. Local Holocaust survivors, with community support, founded the museum to teach about the senseless murder of millions, and why everyone must respect and stand up for the rights of others if the world is to prevent future discrimination, hate crime and genocide. As Michigan’s only Holocaust museum, the Holocaust Memorial Center annually touches the lives of more than 85,000 individuals, who leave the museum profoundly affected with a newly acquired sense of history, social responsibility and morality. The Holocaust Memorial Center’s exhibits create a call to action, teaching visitors through the examples of those who risked their lives to save others, and asking its guests to react to contemporary challenges such as racism, intolerance, bullying and prejudice.

The facility is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available at both the North and South entrances.

For more information on the Holocaust Memorial Center, visit www.holocaustcenter.org, or call 248-553-2400.

About the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. The museum provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins. It houses more than 30,000 artifacts and archival materials and is home to the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, Coleman A. Young Collection and the Sheffield Collection, a repository of documents of the labor movement in Detroit. For more information, visit http://thewright.org.
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