"Parallel Lives: Growing up Black and Jewish in the PRESS/EVENTS in the 1950's"
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN CLIFTON TAULBERT AND EUGENE DATTEL
Two Renowned Authors Discuss Their Different Lives in Commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Center for Jewish History
The American Jewish Historical Society, in association with The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, presented the conversation, "Parallel Lives: Growing Up Black and Jewish in the 1950s," a commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Tuesday, January 13, 2004, at 6:30 pm. The Center for Jewish History is located at 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY.
Taking part in the celebration were two authors from the Delta region of Mississippi: Clifton Taulbert, an African American author of the best-seller Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored and winner of the NAACP image award, and the Jewish American, twenty-year Wall Street veteran Eugene Dattel, author of The Sun That Never Rose. They have been performing "Parallel Lives", for over six years, comparing their childhoods and reaching out to diverse audiences. Following their presentation, Taulbert and Dattel were joined by Peter Geffen, Executive Director, Center for Jewish History; Rabbi Marc Schneier, President and co-Founder, Foundation for Ethnic Understanding; and invited guest C. Virginia Fields, Manhattan Borough President. Other special guests will be announced.
Clifton Taulbert, a Pulitzer Prize nominated author and the President and Founder of the Building Community Institute, speaks throughout the world on the critical issues of building community and creating an environment branded by respect, affirmation and inclusion. He is also the author of the internationally acclaimed book Eight Habits of the Heart, which provides the framework on which to build, maintain, and sustain a powerful, effective, and caring community.
Eugene Dattel has maintained a lifelong interest in the study of southern, racial, and comparative history. He is the author of The Sun That Never Rose (1994), which investigates the economics and culture of Japan.
Gene Dattel's grandfather immigrated to the Mississippi Delta, "the most Southern place on earth," in the late 19th century, and Dattel was born and raised in the Delta. He spent 20 years on Wall Street, 15 of which were overseas as the Managing Director at Salomon Brothers. He also served as an independent consultant. His current research/writing project is about the juxtaposition between cotton and race. He has returned to the Delta to sponsor educational and research programs.
Rabbi Marc Schneier, as President and co-Founder of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, is one of the leading voices in the field of intergroup relations, reconciliation and understanding. He is the author of Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jewish Community, and is at the forefront of strengthening Black/Jewish relations, Latino/Jewish relations and Christian/Jewish relations.
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