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Allied in the Fight: Jews, Black and the Struggle for Civil Rights

JANUARY 19 – MARCH 25, 2018

Allied in the Fight explores the partnership between Jewish and African American leaders in confronting systematic racism in the United States. The exhibit addresses Black-Jewish collaboration within the Civil Rights Movement and the complicated nature of Jewish contributions to the Civil Rights movement through artifacts, archival materials and information from a national perspective.

Allied in the Fight is a part of the Milwaukee-wide initiative, “200 Nights of Freedom,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the city’s 1967-68 Open Housing Marches. These marches took place over 200 consecutive days in support of the passing of a fair housing bill and were sponsored and organized by the Milwaukee NAACP Youth Council, its Commando unit, and Alderwoman Vel Phillips along with other supporters.

Artifacts and other materials from American Jewish Historical Society, Leo Baeck Institute, and Yeshiva University Museum, the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Black Historical Society, and the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Crossing the Line display.

Special thanks to the hardworking Committee:

Reuben Harpole, Honorary Chair Vel Philips, Honorary Chair
Ralph Hollmon, Co-chair Fran Kaplan, Co-chair
Rodney Bourrage Idy Goodman
Reggie Jackson Bonnie Joseph
Lois Malawsky Harriet McKinney
Tim McMurtry