January 7: Saperstein’s Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters, owned and supervised by the British-born Abe Saperstein, played their first game on this date in 1927 in Hinckley, Illinois. Saperstein introduced the razzle-dazzle play and comedic tricks that made the Globetrotters the most famous barnstorming professional sports team in the world. At 5’5″, he is probably the shortest inductee into the […]

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November 10: “Zionism is Racism”

The United Nations General Assembly declared that “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination” on this date in 1975 by a vote of 72 to 35, with 32 abstentions. The resolution was passed one year after PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat addressed the General Assembly for the first time, with a holster on his […]

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January 16: Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall

Benny Goodman blew the lid off Carnegie Hall on this date in 1938, in a legendary jazz concert that made the “uptown” (i.e., Black) music respectable among the midtown set. The “King of Swing” was joined onstage by Lionel Hampton, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Teddy Wilson and other Black musicians, marking the first time that […]

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Jews & Negroes: Unity from Collision

by Coretta Scott King Originally published in the January, 1969 issue of Jewish Currents This address was delivered by Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr., at the Presidential Inaugural Spiritual Service at Brandeis University, October 4, 1968. THE QUESTION, “CAN THERE BE ONE AMERICA?” is one which requires careful thought and analysis. This is essentially a […]

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Pilgrimage to Atlanta

Negro & White Women, United, Travel to Petition Governor Talmadge to Free Mrs. Rosa Lee Ingram, Victim of Oppression Originally published in the February, 1954 issue of Jewish Life   IT WAS A COLD DECEMBER MORNING when 23 of us, white and Negro women, marched onto the train at New York’s Penn Station with our banner, […]

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