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Shared Dreams

Martin Luther King, Jr. & the Jewish Community

Rabbi Marc Schneier
Preface by Martin Luther King III

6 x 9, 240 pp, Paperback, 978-1-58023-273-9

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Many people are familiar with the story of Jewish support for the American civil rights movement, but this history has another side—
one that has not been fully told until now.
“Outlines a compelling image of relations between the two communities…. In Shared Dreams, Rabbi Schneier reiterates our commonality, as upheld by Martin Luther King, Jr., and fuels the reader to continue to work for the advancement of race relations among all God’s children.”
—from the Preface by Martin Luther King III
Shared Dreams brings to life the impressive, surprising, and long-neglected history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts in support of the Jewish community. This is a story that sheds new light on the commitment and the relationship between the Jewish and African-American communities as they have struggled together to fight for justice and civil rights in our nation, and our lives.
“An invaluable contribution…. Shared Dreams is a masterful work. May [it] bring about better relationships between Blacks and Jews.”
The New York Board of Rabbis Bulletin
“One of the most important books I’ve read this year. Rabbi Schneier thoughtfully illustrates the depth of the friendship between Dr. King and our Jewish brothers and sisters, thus providing us with a fresh and bold new perspective on both a beloved civil rights leader and a most revolutionary time in our history. This book also takes great care to explore the commonality of the struggle for equality.”
Kweisi Mfume, president and CEO, NAACP
“Masterful.... A significant contribution toward mutual understanding. Highly recommended.”
Congregational Libraries Today
“An important addition to the history of the civil rights movement, and an honest portrayal of the complex relations between blacks and whites in the movement.”
Howard Zinn, author, A People’s History of the United States
“Offers us a fascinating perspective on Dr. King’s relationship with the Jewish community.”
Dr. Carolyn Goodman, president, the Andrew Goodman Foundation
“Tells of Jewish efforts on the behalf of African Americans as well as the influence of Jewish history and the Bible on Reverend King, Jr.’s Ideology…. Brings together the information about ‘shared dreams’ that many readers will find useful.”
Jewish Book World
“Candid, well-balanced ... a significant contribution to African American/Jewish harmony.”
Publishers Weekly
“Brings to life crucial aspects of King’s relationship to the Jewish community…. A valuable addition to any civil rights or Jewish political library, and one of the finest popular depictions of Jews and civil rights ever written.”
Moment
“Contrasts the biblical teachings that inspired King’s involvement in the civil rights struggle with the Talmudic teachings that prompted Jewish involvement.”
American Library Association’s Booklist
Rabbi Marc Schneier is president of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, a nonprofit organization based in New York and Washington, D.C., dedicated to strengthening relations between the Jewish and African American communities. He is the chairman of the World Jewish Congress American Section and founding rabbi of The Hampton Synagogue and The New York Synagogue. Rabbi Schneier is an international spokesperson on intergroup relations and is frequently sought after by the media for his perspective and insight on a variety of subjects. Newsweek Magazine named him one of America’s top fifty rabbis. He has been the recipient of many awards, including The Kelly Miller Smith Ecumenical Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; the NAACP Martin Luther King, Jr. “Measure Of A Man Award”; the Ellis Island Medal of Honor; the Civil Rights Leadership Award in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; the New York State Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal; the American Civil Rights Education Services Civil Rights Award; and the Interfaith Award from the Islamic Center of Long Island.
Martin Luther King IIIis chairman and CEO of Realizing the Dream, Inc.

 

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