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Primary Sources

Efficiently browse all of the primary source documents in Living the Legacy by keyword, type, or module.

Title Description Type Module Name
Excerpt of John Lewis' Speech delivered at the March on Washington

Excerpts taken from the speech given at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963. Lewis spoke as the leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The cut portions were removed after a personal intervention by A. Philip Randolph persuaded Lewis to tone down the speech.

Speeches Civil Rights
"I Have a Dream..." Talmud Page

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream…” speech re-imagined as a Talmud Page — surrounded by Biblical references and Jewish parallels.

Speeches Civil Rights
Southern Hospitality Was Not Extended Say R.I. Rabbis Who Marched in Alabama

The article describes Rabbi William G. Braude, Rabbi Saul Leeman, and Rabbi Nathan Rosen's visit to Montgomery, Alabama in the spring of 1965.

Articles Civil Rights
Why We Went: A Joint Letter from the Rabbis Arrested in St. Augustine

This document, a letter signed by a group of rabbis who were in jail together, was drafted overnight by Rabbi Eugene B. Borowitz. His rabbinic colleagues and Al Vorspan of the UAHC staff contributed to the revisions, and Vorspan saw to its distribution. The letter describes why these rabbis went to St. Augustine, what they hoped to accomplish and what occurred while there.

Documents Civil Rights
Rabbi Wax Sermon on Martin Luther King, Jr., April 5, 1968

Sermon given by Rabbi James A. Wax on Friday, April 5, 1968 at Temple Israel in Memphis, Tennessee on the occasion of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sermons Civil Rights
Wednesdays in Mississippi - Excerpts from the Report from Polly Cowan, Project Coordinator, 1964

Polly Cowan wrote a report at the end of the first summer of the Wednesdays in Mississippi project (WIMS) in which she described the group’s goals and their accomplishments. Two excerpts describe how WIMS began and how its purpose evolved.

Reports Civil Rights
Letter to Justine Wise Polier from Annie Stein, December 23, 1958

Letter to Justice Justine Wise Polier from Annie Stein (writing as the Secretary of the NAACP Schools Workshop), congratulating her on the decision in the Skipwith v. New York City Board of Education.

Letters Civil Rights
Excerpts from the Boston Globe series "The Judith Frieze Story"

A series of excerpts from the Boston Globe eight article feature story on Judith Frieze and her experience as a Freedom Rider in the summer of 1961. She along with fellow activists were arrested and jailed in Jackson, Mississippi. Their purpose was to test Boynton v. Virginia, a Supreme Court case ordering the integration of restaurants and waiting rooms in bus terminals serving interstate bus routes.

Articles Civil Rights
Letter from Hebrew Union Congregation to Rabbi Eisendrath, May 1, 1956

Letter from Hebrew Union Congregation in Greenville, Mississippi disputing the position of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (and its President, Rabbi Maurice N. Eisendrath) on segregation.

Letters Civil Rights
Letter from Rabbi Eisendrath to Bernard Goodman, November 13, 1963

Letter between Rabbi Maurice N. Eisendrath, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the president of the Board of Trustees of Union Hebrew Congregation, Bernard Goodman. The letter is a response to a letter dated November 7, 1963. It discusses the invitation to Martin Luther King to address the UAHC Biennial. Eisendrath then goes on to state that more must be done to support the Civil Rights Movement even if it angers congregations.

Letters Civil Rights

Photograph of a teenage girl with dark curly hair. She is wearing a pink sweater and sitting on a couch.

Photographs Civil Rights

Photograph of a teenage boy sitting on steps. He wears a white t-shirt, and jeans.

Photographs Civil Rights
Ale Brider

An audio recording of The Yiddish Community Chorus of Boston Workmen's Circle singing "Ale Brider" accompanied by transcript and English translation of the lyrics.

Audio Recordings Labor
Mayn Rue Plats

An audio recording of The Yiddish Community Chorus of Boston Workmen's Circle singing "Mayn Rue Plats" accompanied by transcript and English translation of the lyrics.

Audio Recordings Labor

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