In Selma, sold-out yarmulkes and Shabbat behind bars
Jewish Telgraphic Agency (Archive)
This article, from the archive of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency discusses the role of Jews in the bloody marches in Selma, Alabama in 1965, to press for voting rights for African Americans. Jewish organizations, as well as individual Jews, pressured President Lyndon Johnson to take swift action to introduce legislation to grant voting rights to African American citizens. Many Jews participated in those marches, most famously, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (as is shown in the photograph submitted by his daughter, Susannah Heschel) marched right beside the Reverend Martin Luther King. Heschel was not the only rabbi to participate in the Selma marches, several of whom were arrested. The article describes how some of them conducted Shabbat services inside the Selma Jail. Click on the link to read the article.
Social Activism, Civil Rights, Heschel, Abraham Joshua, United States