Black + Jewish: Connection, Courage, Community

Jazz musicians play together in Berlin, Germany
Charlie Barnet, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and Lionel Hampton

In 2020, the Museum of HIstory and Holocaust Education (MHHE) at Kennesaw State University received a grant from the Breman Foundation of Atlanta to create a traveling exhibit in support of its 2021 goals of combating antisemitism, addressing race relations, and working for social justice. During spring semester 2021, public history students in HIST 4427 worked with MHHE curator Adina Langer to produce the exhibit.

Black + Jewish: Connection, Courage, Community is a ten-panel traveling exhibit that explores the history of Black and Jewish relationships in the United States. When built on shared values and a mutual desire for civil and human rights those relationships have brought us closer to the ideal of inclusive democracy.

The exhibit is accompanied by a digital gallery guide, Black + Jewish Perspectives: A Conversational Companion, created in order to raise voices, clarify context, and complicate the conversation.

Please email us to inquire about availability of this traveling exhibit for your organization.

Black + Jewish exhibit panels beside the fountain at the KSU Center
Black + Jewish exhibit installation

Now on View!

Visit the Breman Museum of Jewish Heritage in Atlanta, Georgia, to see the exhibit on Sundays, starting July 11, 2021. The exhibit will be on view at the Breman through September. 

Celebrate Welcoming Week!

The MHHE is proud to partner with Welcoming America for the third year in a row in support of their Welcoming Week initiative (September 10-19, 2021). This year, we are featuring our Black + Jewish exhibit, and the themes of migration and belonging that it explores. After you view the Black + Jewish exhibit and/or its digital gallery guide, click here to reflect on how #BelongingBeginsWithUs. 

Supplemental Materials:

Click here to explore the Gallery Guide for the exhibition. 

Watch this video to learn more about the exhibition:

Click here to learn about one way Black + Jewish communities are working together to combat white supremacy in the United States today, courtesy of Integrity First for America, The Center for Civil and Human Rights, The Breman Museum of Jewish Heritage, and Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta. 

Top image: Five jazz greats perform together in this photographic postcard made circa 1950 in Berlin, Germany. They are (l-r) Charlie Barnet, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and Lionel Hampton. Courtesy Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images