Holocaust Museum Houston presents Remembering the March on Selma and the Voting Rights Act 50 Years Later
Holocaust Museum Houston will present this year's Ruth Vinn Hendler Lack Lecture, Remembering the March on Selma and the Voting Rights Act 50 Years Later, with Susannah Heschel.
Special guest Professor Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. The daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel - who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King at Selma - Ms. Heschel will discuss the historical significance of the March on Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and what we can learn from these events to guide us through the challenges of today.
The Civil Rights Movement aroused hopes that the racism permeating American society would one day be overcome. As an effort led by religious leaders of many denominations, the movement was inspirational and inspired great idealism as well as concrete legislative changes. However, recent laws, discourses and acts of violence have placed racism at the center of the American conversation. This lecture will explore why racism is so tenacious, how much economics, the growing multi-culturalism of our society and the growing dialogue gap between the religious and secular communities come into play, what forces give strength to racism and what can we do to undermine those forces.