As the Nation marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Freedom Summer, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding – national address for Black-Jewish relations- FFEU will mark the date when three civil rights activists, one African-American and two Jewish-Americans: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner; were brutally kidnapped and murdered.
We would like to invite you to join us on June 19, 2014 between 4-6pm in the Mansfield Room S-207 of the United States Capitol at a special ceremony and reception that will recognize the heroism, sacrifice and commitment of those three activists, and countless other civil rights activists, who gave their time, energy, and resources to bring political and social equality to the disenfranchised citizens of Mississippi and the South.
This reception will also celebrate the historic Black-Jewish alliance of the civil rights movement as well as the 25th anniversary of FFEU by honoring Rabbi Marc Schneier and Russell Simmons and its landmark efforts that rebuilt and restored the alliance. For a quarter of a century, FFEU has engaged Jewish-Americans and African-Americans in programs and activities to explore and rediscover shared values.
As FFEU marks its 25th anniversary, it reaffirms its mission of creating stronger and everlasting ties between Jewish-American and African-American communities throughout the United States, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, and the hard work and sacrifices of the movement, and the unfortunate loss of the lives of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.
Thank you and we look forward to greeting you on June 19.