Jazz at Ahavas Sholom
  • Jan 13 , 2019
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Jazz at Ahavas Sholom

Ahavas Sholom/The Jewish Museum of New Jersey
145 Broadway, Newark

In conjunction with the current exhibit This Music We Call Jazz: The Latin Connection, the Jewish Museum of New Jersey at Congregation Ahavas Sholom presents Tengo un Sueno: Dr. King and the Latino-American Dream, a free panel discussion that examines the influence of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the African-American civil rights movement on the struggle for equality in the Hispanic/Latino community.

While preparing for the 1963 march on Washington, Dr. King reached out to leaders such as Gilberto Gerena Valentín, who mobilized thousands of Puerto Ricans for the march and delivered an address there in Spanish. Dr. King also forged a close relationship with Cesar Chavez, providing moral and organizational support for his efforts to organize farm workers and prevent the exploitation of immigrant laborers.

The discussion, from 2 to 4pm, revisits the historic collaborations among African Americans, Jews and Latinos in the pursuit of civil rights, past and present, and features musical interludes. Professor Will Guzman, Director of the Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center at New Jersey City University, moderates a panel that includes speakers Jennifer Caroccio of Rutgers University, artist Ben Jones and others.

Community partners are NJPAC, WBG0 Jazz88.3, FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development, Inc., and La Casa de Don Pedro.


Closing Reception
Sun, Jan 27 2-4pm

Artists gather for a closing reception and conversation with the public.