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   We are an educational and charitable interfaith organization of Russian-speaking Americans. We aim to develop the organizing power of our community, its successful integration in American civil society, advance immigrant rights, civic participation, and leadership development. We raise public awareness of our community and the achievements of its members and promote collaboration with other communities in the pursuit of a more just and fair society with equal opportunities for all.

 

 
 
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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.,

AND THE BIRTH OF THE MOVEMENT FOR THE FREEDOM OF EMIGRATION FROM SOVIET UNION

 

Joint conference initiated by RCCMB and spearheaded by The Black Institute,

with Jewish Labor Committtee and Bend the Arc: Jewish Partnership for Justice

 

Nov. 25, 2013, Union Theological Seminary, New York City

 

 

       On November 25, 2013, The Black Institute (TBI), Russian-Speaking Community Council of Manhattan and the Bronx (RCCMB), Jewish Labor Committee (TBI), and Bend the Arc: Jewish Partnership for Justice held a conference at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, first actions and statements in support of the Jewish struggle for civil and human rights in Soviet Union.  This anniversary, and Dr.King's memorable speeches to the United Synagogue and the United American Hebrew Congregations of Nov. 20, 1963, formed the basis for a high-level dialogue on the role of the Black civil rights movement in the birth of the movement of Jewish and other Soviet citizens for the freedom of emigration, and the current state of relations between the Black and the Russian immigrant community in America.  The event was moderated by Stuart Appelbaum in his capacity of President of the Jewish Labor Committee.

      On this page, you can listen to the full recording of the conference' proceedings and access Dmitri Daniel Glinski's opening remarks on Dr.King's role in the birth of the Soviet Jewish movement and the broader movement for the rights of ethnic and religious minorities in the USSR and the freedom of emigration from Soviet Union.

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Stuart Appelbaum, President, Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), and President, Jewish Labor Committee (Opening Remarks)

Dr. Dmitri Daniel Glinski, President & CEO, RCCMB

Glenn Richter, National Coordinator, Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, 1960s-80s

Dr. William Jelani Cobb, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute for African American Studies, University of Connecticut

Hon. Charles B. Rangel, Member of U.S. House of Representatives

Jerry Goodman, Executive Director, National Conference on Soviet Jewry, 1971-1988

Harry Belafonte, singer, songwriter, actor, and civil rights leader

Bertha Lewis, President & Founder, The Black Institute

  

You can listen to the recording of the forum proceedings here.

Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr.'s, role in the birth of the movement for the freedom of emigration  from the USSR and in the present Russian-American community

Remarks by Dmitri Daniel Glinski

 Article about the conference in New York's weekly Forum:

 

          This was the third annual conference in a series, initiated by RCCMB team since 2011, on the struggle for the freedom of emigration from Soviet Union and the rise of the present-day Russian-American community out of this struggle.  For the program and recording of the first conference in this series, held on Nov. 9, 2011, with participation of Natan Sharansky and Yosef Begun, please visit this page.  The program and selected materials from the second conference, held on Dec. 23, 2012, with participation of Rabbi Ellis Bloch, a leader of the refusenik movement and international Grandmaster in chess Boris Gulko, and others, will be available shortly.