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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 1, 2014 PAGE 3A I Upcoming Civil Rights programs sponsored by HMREC The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. In recognition of that monumental legislation, institutions and individuals throughout Central Florida will be examining the impact of the end of legal discrimina- tion based on race, gender, nationality and religion. What changes have we seen in our lifetime? What issues remain to be addressed? What tools do we need to move ahead in challenging bigotry and intolerance in all of its forms? • Sept. 2 through Dec. 15 Exhibit: Hateful Things "Hateful Things" is a 39,piece traveling exhibition created and circulated by the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at the Ferris (MI) State University. It represents nearly 150 years of anti-black/ racist material. The objects and images within the exhibit portray the cruel reality that the African-American cul- ture endured during the Jim Crow era, and silently voices African-Americans' struggles for racial equality. • Sunday, Sept. 7 Film: Bookers Place at the Enzian Theater; panel discussion In 1965, NBC filmmaker Frank DeFelitta was inspired to create a documentary, Mississippi: A Self Portrait about racism in the American South. One of the subjects he interviewed was Booker Wright, anAfrican-American waiter who worked in a restau- rant for whites only. During his interview Wright spoke openly about racism, and the broadcast of his remarks had catastrophic consequences for him and for his family. Booker's Place: A Mis- sissippi Story, directed by the son of Frank De Felitta and co-produced by one of Booker Wright's grandchil- dren, revisits the past through interviews with those who lived in the community. They discuss life at the time, Booker Wright's life after the airing of the original documentary, and the ongoing legacy of racism in America. • Sunda,y Sept. 14 Opening Reception for exhibit Hateful Things; discussion with Dr. Marvin Newman Hateful Things is an exhibit createdwith labels, advertise- ments, postcards and other printed materials that show the appalling lack of sensi- tivity that was acceptable in American culture until recent memory. As we view the derogatory images and stereotypes, we find a deeper understanding in the power of propaganda to marginalize and dehumanize others. Special speaker at the open- ing reception is Dr. Marvin Newman, a retired member of the faculty at Rollins College where he taught for fifty years. He will share his personal experiences dealing with prejudices and bigotry, and the lessons that can be learned from this uncomfortable past. • Sunday Sept. 28, Harry and Harriette Moore: Life and Death in the Time of Segre- gation with filmmakers Lisa Mills and Robert Thompson and Bill Gary, Director of the Moore Center. Beth Am presents Disaster Preparedness workshop Congregation Beth Am in Longwood, Florida, in con- junction with the Orlando Church of Christ, the Semi- nole County Department for Emergency Management, the Seminole County Sheriff's Of- rice and the Seminole County Department of Public Safety will host a Disaster Prepared- ness program on Sunday, Aug. 10, from I to 3 p.m. This will immediately follow a con- gregational Open House for prospective members starting at 10 a.m. Steven Lerner from the Emergency Response Team will discuss hurricane and fire preparedness. The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for perform- ing technical work in the development, implementa- tion, and management of countywide disaster re- sponse, recovery, mitigation, risk reduction, prevention, and preparedness. They are responsible for the develop- ment and maintenance of plans that include evacu- ation, disaster housing, emergency shelters, debris management, damage as- sessments, and homeland security. The Office also provides guidance to its municipalities and support agencies on the development of disaster management plans. Teaching citizens how to prepare themselves for disasters is critical to the re- silience of Seminole County. Emergency management staff provide hours of lectures to student groups, homeowners associations, faith-based or- ganizations, businesses, and various institutions and asso- ciations. Theseworkshopsand seminars focus on disaster preparedness, response, re- covery, and mitigation tech- niques. Throughout the year, the Office provides informa- tional brochures and guides, establishes preparedness fairs and events, produces pub- lic service announcements and manages the County's preparedness website (www. prepareseminole.org). Debbie Davids, president of Congregation Beth Am, stated, "I am pleased that we are able to offer this vital pro- gramming to the community. At Beth Am we are committed to Tikkun Olam, healing the world, and teaching others how to prepare in the event of a disaster is part of this greater mission." All residents of Seminole and Orange counties are encouraged to attend to hear this essential presentation on Sunday, Aug. 10 at I p.m. Children are welcome to stay after the Open House and view the Seminole County fire truck that will be in the Beth Am parking lot. For more information on this event and all Other activi- ties at Congregation Beth Am consult the synagogue's web site atwww.CongBethAm.org or call the synagogue office at 407-862-3505. Renowned violinist returns for Kabbalat Shabbat service Congregation Beth Sholom of Leesburg invites the com- munity to a very special warm, joyous, and festive Shabbat service on Friday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. This uplifting service of music and song, led by Rabbi and Cantor Karen Allen, who will be playing her keyboard, features world-class violinist Zoriy Zinger, who was a solo- ist in the Russian Symphony Orchestra before reaching fame in America. Allen and Zinger have collaborated in numerous venues, including three concerts at the Melon Patch Theater. Beth Sholom's Kabbalat Shabbat takes the form of the usual Friday night ser- vice, enhanced with musical instruments and additional songs in celebration of the Jewish spirit in music from Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox traditions. An Oneg Shabbat with refreshments will follow the serVice. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th Street in Leesburg, with the en- trance on Center Street. For more information see Beth Sholom's website at www. bethsholomflorida.org or call 352-315-0309. The Moores were among the most visible and cred- ible members of the Central Florida Civil Rights com- munity. In addition to their forthright activities in edu- cation and government, they were particularly concerned about the lack of justice in law enforcement and the courts. Their choice take on the justice system may well have been the decision that cost them their lives. • Thursday Oct. 2 Forum: History of Civil Rights Conversations about the Civil Rights Act are not just a review of the past century in our nation. We also must look at the implications, both here and abroad, of civil rights legislation and enforcement as a tool to broaden the safety andwell-being of all marginal- ized groups. • Sunday Oct. 19 Film: Last White Knight (at Orlando Museum of Art), which will include a presentation and QA with filmmaker Paul Saltzman In the 1960s Paul Saltzman journeyed from Canada to Mississippi to help with voter registration in the hard-core bastions of the Old South. One of the first days he was there he was assaulted by a group of young men led by Byron "Delay" De L a Beckwith, the son of the man convicted of killing civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Decades later, Saltzman returns to meet with Beckwith and see what, if anything, has changed in the New South. What he found has been captured in this powerful documentary about the best and worst of communities challenged and changed by racism. • Monday Oct. 20 Film: Prom Night in Mississippi (at UCF) with Paul Saltzman In 1997, Academy Award- winning actor Morgan Free- man offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi under one condition: the prom had to be racially inte- grated. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Freeman offered again. This time the school board accepted, and history was made. But change does not come easily in this sleepy Delta town, and Freeman's generosity fans the flames of racism. There are white par- ents who forbid their children to attend the integrated prom and hold a separate white-only dance, and enlightened teens who find themselves caught between an ugly past and a promising future. • Sunday Oct. 26 Drama: Best of Enemies--Shake- speare collaborative event (drama runs four weeks) Inspired by Osha Gray Davidson's book of the same name and based on a true story, Mark St. Germain's drama, The Best of Enemies reveals a universal truth: all people, no matter their differ- ences, are capable of change, Amidst their incendiary words of prejudice and fear, Ann, a civil rights activist, and C.P., an Exalted Cyclops of the KKK, forge an alliance based in respect and trust in an honest-to-goodness, modern- day parable of transformation and triumph for civil rights. This is a one-performance event dedicated as a fundraiser for the Holocaust Center. • Thursday Nov. 6 Forum: Privilege and Progress with guest speaker former skin- head Angela King It is impossible to talk about civil rights and marginalization without confronting the core beliefs about sameness and dif- ferences. The attitudes, culture and misinformation that drive us apart are illuminated by the experiences of Angela King, a young woman who went from skinhead activist to redemp- tion, and who now speaks candidly about life after hate. • Wednesday Nov. 12, Panel discussion on marginalized communities The Civil Rights Act was a long step forward toward equality of rights under the law. We still, however, have barriers and closed doors that prevent some members of our community from achieving true justice. A panel representing diverse members of our community will share their experiences of marginalization and less- than-full participation in the community. 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