Arkansan Jacob Trieber, the first Jewish district judge in the U.S., handed down a landmark civil rights ruling in 1903. The fight continues over 100 years later in the NAACP’s ‘Journey for Justice’ march.
Julian Bond, a leader in the Civil Rights movement, former chair of the NAACP, professor, and pragmatic gentleman, dies at 75
At a time of turmoil, a crossroads for a people in search of justice
An unpublished 1965 study offers a glimpse of a community at a crossroads
Why Hollywood gets social movements wrong: They are not the work of messy, failed organizations or misbegotten armies
From picture books to graphic novels, great reads for all ages
Why the anti-Semitism present in other recent protests almost kept me from this important one
Parallels, and precedents, in recusal cases based on race, sex, ethnicity, and sexual orientation
On a city block named for three activists killed during Freedom Summer
The evolution of Jewish American political discourse from outsider counter-culture to ‘never again a victim’
Non-Jews can now make aliyah with their Jewish, same-sex spouses
Activists behind 1971 break-in that exposed government surveillance tell all
Now, 70 years after the Supreme Court upheld the internment of civilians in WWII, it may revisit the ruling
Listen to Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1958 speech at my synagogue, and you’ll understand how his words continue to inspire activism
In his new book ‘Breaking the Line,’ Sam Freedman recounts the history of a 1968 documentary that helped break color barriers
When Louis Farrakhan says, ‘You need to get this book,’ he means an insidious 1991 title whose claims to scholarship echo today
The Fan Who Knew Too Much collects Anthony Heilbut’s essays on politics, culture, and gospel music
In 1862, Ulysses S. Grant issued an order expelling all Jews from his territory. Turns out, that was a good thing. Historian Jonathan Sarna explains.
Neo-Nazi couple ‘adopts’ a Delaware highway
An Ezra Jack Keats exhibit at the Jewish Museum underscores the children’s book author and illustrator’s striking ambivalence about his Jewishness
A proposed San Francisco ballot measure prohibiting circumcision arises from a debate over ritual, sexuality, and identity. What’s become an American norm might soon again be a mark of difference.
The good lessons in this week’s Torah portion, and Jack Black’s advice on what to do with the bad lessons.
How Jews both segregated and integrated Levittown
Half a century ago, Albie Sachs sat defiantly on a bench designated “for non-whites only.” Today he sits on South Africa’s highest court.