How does community complete a project? Generally with a feast of some sort. To end this project, I leave you with the feast of tradition from both the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and from Rabbi Hillel. That of community.
I wrote this book in the belief that community cooperation is important. I hope, as we come to the end of my book, Stayed on Freedom’s Call, that this journey has been a valuable one for you (last week was Page 49…):
” … Ending the discrimination faced by both the Jewish and African American communities required the resources of all of the members of these combined communities. Members of both communities cooperated to end the dual disgraces of both antisemitism and segregation, quietly at first, and then more openly. Beginning in the earliest part of the 20th century, moving into the beginnings of radical protest in the 1930s, and then culminating in the massive non-violent protests led by SNCC, the SCLC, and others, including many famous Jewish and African-American activists of the 1960s. Mobilization within both communities worked to overcome obstacles faced by members of both communities. As individuals realized that when one does not stand for others, soon there will be no one to stand for you. Is this, perhaps, the idea that the Rabbis meant to convey when they said that all of Israel was responsible, one for one another? For, only by cooperating both as individuals and as communities can we hope to achieve the goal which Dr. King and Rabbi Hillel before him, two men of peace and cooperation, inspired for future generations.
So, Page 49 was last week, and this brings us to the end of this book (the remaining pages are references). Thank you for reading this last page.
Next Thursday will feature a guest post, and then we will begin our Thoughtless Thursdays series…
1.) Share your thoughts on how this page from Stayed On Freedom’s Call helps continuing empathy-building cooperation, and may also help, or hinder, inclusive thinking. (You can download the entire book for free here from The Internet Archive…)
2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.
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