In the 1920s, a Black cantor moved the world
In observance of Martin Luther King Day, The Forward republished an article about Thomas LaRue, known as “Der Shvartze Khazn” or, “the Black Cantor” in the 1920s. His mother was not Jewish and it is not clear whether or not she converted. However, she preferred the company of Jews to Christians and "she insisted he have a Jewish primary school education, be able to pray from a siddur [Jewish pray book] and have a bar mitzvah in his 13th year." LaRue was raised in a Jewish environment. Click on the link above to read the article.
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