Jews and Race in the Civil Rights Era:
Comparing America and South Africa


Jews were disproportionately represented among those who fought segregation in South Africa and the American South. How can we explain their outsized involvement in these civil rights struggles? Were the backgrounds and motivations of the activists the same? Did any Jews stand in staunch support of white supremacy? And how did the responses of the broader communities compare?

ADAM MENDELSOHN is the director of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and associate professor of Historical Studies at UCT. His recent book, “The Rag Race”, about Jewish economic mobility in America and the British Empire, won a National Book Award in 2015.

Dates: 3 Wednesday evenings: 21, 28 October and 4 November 2015
Venue: Herzlia High School
Time: 6 – 7.15pm
Course Fee: R450
Register by: Wed 7 October 2015

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