Sokolof Lecture focuses on civil rights movement

Nov 1, 2012

The relationship between the Jewish and African-American communities, and their roles in the civil rights movement, is the topic of a lecture Thursday at UNO.

This year’s Sokolof Lecture features author Stephen Berk. He’ll speak about the relationship between those communities 1954 and 1965.

Moshe Gershovich, professor of History at UNO, says Berk’s lecture will also highlight how that relationship has changed since the civil rights movement. “In recent years, the relations between the Jewish community and the African-American community have not always been so good. And I think it’s important to remind people from both of these groups how just 50 years ago, we both stood together for a common cause, which I think is a memory that should live to unite us in joint causes in the future.”

Berk’s lecture begins at 7pm and is open to the public. The Sokolof Lecture focuses on issues and topics of importance to the Jewish community. Berk will also speak Friday at the Jewish Community Center in Omaha about relations between the U.S. and Israel during difficult times.