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

allied in the fight

About the Exhibit

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 commemorates the 2018 Milwaukee-wide initiative, “200 Nights of Freedom,” celebrating 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.

The national exhibition components feature materials from the collections of the American Jewish Historical Society, The Leo Baeck Institute and Yeshiva University Museum. Other materials from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Black Historical Society, and the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Crossing the Line display. Originally curated by Jewish Museum Milwaukee and on display at the Museum in 2018.

Martin Luther King, Jr. In Milwaukee, 1965

“Beautiful exhibition. Two voices that grow stronger as one.”
– Margaret Halquist, Exhibit Visitor

“I really think this is a must-see exhibit because it shows both locally and nationally how the Jewish community and African-American community worked together to overcome discrimination and achieve some basic civil rights.”
– Ralph Hollman, Exhibit Committee Chair

  • Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee, WI (September 20 – October 13, 2019)

Cost: $1,000 for 1 Month Rental
Standard Rental Length: 3 Months (negotiable)
Shipping Costs: Roundtrip transit or a pro-rated amount based on rental schedule or can be picked up at the Museum.
Square Footage: Can Be Customized for 50 to 200 sq ft. Double-sided retractable banners are easily installed by any organization.  Perfect for schools, libraries and community centers.

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