How Can YOU Get Involved?
Do you want to be part of an exciting new committee at Temple Beth El? Are you a history buff? Do you love event planning? Have a knack for fundraising? This committee will be the primary point of lay leadership in the development of the Beth El Civil Rights Experience; a multimedia project exploring Jewish Birmingham and Civil Rights. The role of this committee is to provide advisory feedback on materials, increase capacity of the project by contributing to specific components of development and to act as community ambassadors for the Beth El Civil Rights Experience.
If you’ve engaged with these materials or want to support this project, please consider making a donation. Your donation allows us to continue offering the accessible programming you love, and supports us in the development of this innovative project.
Fight Against Fear: Southern Jews and Black Civil Rights – Clive Webb
Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climatic Struggle of the Civil Rights Revolution – Diane McWhorter
But For Birmingham: The Local and National Movements in the Civil Rights Struggle – Glen Eskew
Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century – Cheryl Greenberg
The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race and American Identity – Eric Goldstein
Quiet Voices: Southern Rabbis and Black Civil Rights, 1880s to 1980s – Mark Bauman and Berkely Kalin
Birmingham Foot Soldiers: Voices From the Civil Rights Movement – Nick Patterson
The Institute of Southern Jewish Life’s “Virtual Vacation” series
The Taylor Oral History Collection at the Bremen Museum
The Oral History Collection at the Birmingham Public Library
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Oral History Project
Bending the Arc
- The Bending the Arc project explores the long struggle against racism in Alabama, featuring the stories of both African Americans and a small group of little-known white allies who fought for racial justice during the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham in the 1960s. The project features a four-part documentary mini-series and additional films that explore race as seen through the eyes of children, the brutal effects of segregation, resistance to racial injustice, allies of the Birmingham movement, voting rights, today’s continuing challenges, and pathways to empathy and hope. The project was created and is managed by producer/director Pam Powell and producer/videographer David Brower, in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham.
“No More Bull”
In 2013, UAB historian Pamela Sterne King and Temple Beth El congregant Solomon P. Kimerling teamed up to author a 17-part series entitled “No More Bull” for Weld. An 18th part by Mark Kelly (then-publisher of Weld) reflected back on the series. 2013 was the fiftieth anniversary of a number of key events within Birmingham’s long civil rights movement, and this series is an excellent commemoration of that history.
Sol Kimerling (z”l) passed away in 2022. Sol was not only co-author of this series, but a true community historian, and an important supporter of the Beth El Civil Rights Experience. He was active in the Birmingham community in so many ways. You can read more about his legacy, with his wife, Rita Kimerling (z”l) here, in this excellent tribute from University of Alabama-Birmingham.
We are thrilled to provide continuing access to “No More Bull!” Click here to read the series.