Panelists Announced For Changing Bham Conversation

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, 

    BJF Director of Community Impact

    On Tuesday, Dec. 19, the Birmingham Jewish Federation and the Levite Jewish Community Center will be hosting a conversation entitled “Unchaining A Changing Birmingham” that will consist of a panel with representatives from the Latino, African-American, Muslim and Jewish communities.

    This conversation, which will take place at 6 pm in the LJCC’s Pizitz Auditorium, is important for the Jewish and broader Birmingham community to have. The broader Birmingham community is unchaining Birmingham from its dark past — one full of civil rights transgressions and difficulties for minority communities, including, at a certain level, the Jewish community.

    However, even though Birmingham is moving forward, that doesn’t mean our great city is perfect. Have we made progress? Yes. It’s important to acknowledge the progress that has been made and discuss the changes that still need to occur.

    The panelists participating in this conversation will be Bertha Hidalgo, MPH, PhD representing the Latino community; Khaula Hadeed, JD representing the Muslim community; T. Marie King, community activist, representing the African-American community; and BJF-LJCC Executive Director Richard Friedman representing the Jewish community.

    Melanie Bridgeforth, who has hosted forums such as this one before, from Voices for Alabama’s Children will be moderating the discussion.

    Each of these representatives will discuss the progress their community feels that Birmingham has made, what we need to do to move forward and how to live in unity in our diverse city. Melanie will lead the discussion.

    This program is free and open to the community. There will be security present so please be prepared to show picture identification. If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please email me at samd@www.bjf.org.

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