Barbara JacobsHaber

Barbara Jacobs Haber focused her civil rights activism on sit-ins and desegregating restaurants and bars. Haber attended Brandeis University on an arts scholarship, getting a bachelor’s degree in 1960 and continuing there into graduate school. She became active in the Congress of Racial Equality while a student, attended the founding convention of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and organized a group at the university called the Emergency Public Integration Committee. After dropping out of graduate school and returning home to Baltimore, she participated in sit-ins with Baltimore CORE. She later became involved with the early women’s movement and moved to Berkeley to train as a therapist. She practices psychotherapy with an emphasis on art therapy.


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Civil rights activist and psychologist Barbara Jacobs Haber in the 1960s.

Courtesy of Barbara Haber.

Date of Birth

Brooklyn, NY
United States

Activist, Psychologist

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Barbara Jacobs Haber." (Viewed on August 7, 2020) <>.


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