Jewish Community to Host Freedom Riding Rabbi, Activist on July 1
The 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 2. The legislation which forbids discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender or national origin was a response to demands made by many individuals banding together to fight for justice.
The Knoxville Jewish Alliance is proud to join the Knoxville Bureau of Tourism and the Knoxville Airport Authority as sponsors in bringing Rabbi Israel Dresner, a Freedom Rider and "the most arrested rabbi in America" to Knoxville to participate in the city's celebration of this momentous occasion. The community is invited to come and meet Rabbi Dresner and Dorie Ladner, another Freedom Rider and local Civil Rights activist, at Temple Beth El,
3037 Kingston Pike, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1.
This will be a unique opportunity to converse with those who set their own safety aside to fight for justice and equality for all Americans.
On Wednesday evening, July 2, all are urged to take part in a symbolic march, commemorating the Act's passage. The march will begin at the Knoxville Coliseum and end at Mount Olive Baptist Church on Dandridge Ave. Remembering that many Jews were active in fighting for the rights preserved by the Civil Rights Act, we urge you to come and take part.
Sponsor: KJA, Nancy&Jeff Becker Community Enrichment Fund, the Sylvia Greenberg Family Fund, David and Deborah Oleshansky Family Fund.