By Michelle Erenberg, NCJW State Policy Advocacy Chair, Louisiana
“We who have seen the slaughter of six million of our brothers can only shudder in cognizant agony at the thought that our Negro brothers are still dying to purchase the same freedom for which we too have bled and died.”
-Rabbi Robert Marx with Dr. King at Soldier Field in 1966
Last month I attended Facing Race, a national conference organized by Race Forward to advance racial justice movement building. I learned of this conference through several social justice colleagues in New Orleans. There were so many workshops each day it was difficult to choose which to attend. But because I was there mostly to learn more about how I could better serve my New Orleans community in my capacity with NCJW, I focused on sessions that would build my understanding of the important role that faith leaders and white people could play in addressing racism in our society.