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Judith Rosenbaum on Freedom Summer Letters

This Week in History: On August 12, 1964, Freedom Summer volunteers Ellen, Bonnie, Heather and Sylvie wrote letters home describing their mixed hope and anxiety as their civil rights efforts in Mississippi were met with violent opposition. Judith Rosenbaum describes the profound, lifelong effect that summer had on the volunteers.
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This Week in History: On August 12, 1964, Freedom Summer volunteers Ellen, Bonnie, Heather and Sylvie wrote letters home describing their mixed hope and anxiety as their civil rights efforts in Mississippi were met with violent opposition. Judith Rosenbaum describes the profound, lifelong effect that summer had on the volunteers.

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One Year Since Ferguson: An Interview with Activist Sarah Barasch-Hagans

Sarah Barasch-Hagans is a rabbinical student and activist who has been deeply involved in the fight for justice for Black Americans in Ferguson, Missouri. Her new venture, Fargesn Media, seeks to give a voice to the people of Ferguson and empower them to tell their own story. Sarah spoke to JWA about Jewish activism, her experiences in Ferguson since last August, and where we as a community should go from here.

Sarah Barasch-Hagans Preparing for Protest

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Activist Sarah Barasch-Hagans prepares for protest.
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Activist Sarah Barasch-Hagans prepares for protest.

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Activist Sarah Barasch-Hagans.

Activist Sarah Barasch-Hagans.

Etta King on Adrienne Rich Refusing the National Medal for the Arts

This Week in History: On July 3, 1997, Adrienne Rich turned down the National Medal for the Arts, creating a national uproar. Etta King discusses Rich's reasons for her principled stand.
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This Week in History: On July 3, 1997, Adrienne Rich turned down the National Medal for the Arts, creating a national uproar. Etta King discusses Rich's reasons for her principled stand.

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Etta King discusses Adrienne Rich (1929 – 2012).

Etta King discusses Adrienne Rich (1929 – 2012).

Florence Schornstein Discusses Having a Better Attitude Post-Hurricane Katrina

While Katrina was devastating to New Orleans, Florence Schornstein holds on to the hope that the disaster can galvanize the community to fight for change.

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While Katrina was devastating to New Orleans, Florence Schornstein holds on to the hope that the disaster can galvanize the community to fight for change.

Shirley Siegel

The only woman in the Yale Law School class of 1941, Shirley Adelson Siegel became a trailblazer as head of the New York State Attorney’s first Civil Rights Bureau in 1959.

Shirley Siegel, 2015

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Groundbreaking civil rights lawyer Shirley Siegel with her daughter Ann Siegel in 2015.
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Groundbreaking civil rights lawyer Shirley Siegel with her daughter Ann Siegel in 2015.

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