The African American-Jewish Component of the Civil Rights Movement

These three classes will culminate with the screening of “Voices of Baltimore: Life Under Segregation on September 26. There will be no fee for this screening. Details follow the class descriptions.

Facilitators: Dr. Wali Gill, Dr. Warren C. Hayman, and Imam Earl S. El-Amin

Dates: Thursday, September 5, 12, 19

Time: 7:00-8:15 p.m.

Location: Agus Library

No Fee. Registration is required for all participants.

Session I - September 5: Mid 1950’s to Mid 1060’s
Facilitator: Dr. Wali Gill was the first African American to graduate from Baltimore City College before earning degrees from Morgan State College and Syracuse University. He has taught at 4 universities and excelled in teaching art to delinquent children and youth. Dr. Gill is an adjunct at Towson University where he initiated an annual Holocaust Remembrance Day program.

The African American-Jewish component of the Civil Rights Movement from the mid-1950's to the mid-1960's will be discussed. Topics will include successful efforts in Baltimore during the early stages of the Movement, various leaders and events in the Movement, the desegregation of Gwynn Oak Park, The March on Washington, and the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

Session 2 - September 12: The Help and the Helper. Black and Jewish Relationshos, 1940’s -1950’s
Facilitator: Dr. Warren C. Hayman, Coordinator Doctoral Program in Urban Educational Leadership, Morgan State University.

Dr. Warren C. Hayman will discuss the relationship that developed between members of the Jewish community and African-Americans in the Sandtown-Winchester community during the late 1940’s and the 1950’s. The discussion will be based oh his personal experiences and those shared with him by family and friends.

Session 3 - September 19: Mid 1970’s to 1990’s
Facilitator: Iman Earl S. El-Amin was raised and educated in the Baltimore metropolitan area and is a graduate of Morgan State University and Sojourner Douglass College. For well over 30 years he has served in various capacities of leadership in the Muslim community as well as the community at large. He has conducted numerous workshops, forums and trainings throughout the United States and abroad to educators, theologians, social workers and human service practitioners. Imam El-Amin was a member  of several distinguished delegations accompanying Imam Wallace D. Mohamed abroad,representing Muslim American interests; he was a participant in the first historic dialogue between Imams and Rabbis in North America, and also was present at President Barack Obama’s presentation to Muslim leadership in Baltimore. Imam El-Amin is the Resident Imam at the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore and also serves as Vice President of Program Development at the National Centers on Institutions and Alternatives which is a human services organization that is comprised of over 600 employees. His objectives for the Muslim community in Baltimore includes the establishment of model neighborhoods, improving the overall image of Islam, interfaith initiatives and the development of Muslims in business, education, politics and culture.

This session will focus of the pertinent relationships that evolved in the African American and Jewish communities between the mid-1970's and 1990's. This will be a participatory session designed to engage the audience.

For further information, contact Ellen Marks at [email protected] or 410-580-5166.