Shared Legacies - Film Event and Panel Discussion
In conjuction with
The Department of History, UNCW
The Charles & Hannah Block Fund for Jewish Studies
A documentary of the often-forgotten story of the coalition and friendship between the Jewish and African American communities from the founding of the NAACP through the Civil Rights Era to the present.
We presented a live panel discussion on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00 pm.
Dr. Shari L. Rogers – Producer/Director of Shared Legacies. Rogers is a licensed clinical psychologist and social activist whose work encompasses movie production, writing, educational programing, curriculum development and public speaking. Shari is the president and founder of Spill The Honey, a Michigan-based 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting human dignity as well as advancing public knowledge of the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. Through programs, sponsored initiatives, and strategic partnerships, Spill the Honey advances cultural tolerance, draws attention to contemporary injustices, and encourages young people to become compassionate, global citizens. Spill The Honey has sponsored many community events bringing both Jewish and African American community high schools together to work on an ongoing joint educational program. To date, over 2000 high school students have been involved their programs. Rogers also serves as a trustee of the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy (ISGAP).
Dr. Susannah Heschel - an American scholar and the Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. The author and editor of numerous books and articles, she is a Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of numerous awards, including four honorary doctorates. Heschel's scholarship focuses on Jewish and Christian interactions in Germany during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is the daughter of Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the leading Jewish theologians and Jewish philosophers of the 20th century.
Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov – Spiritual leader of Temple of Israel, Wilmington, NC. She graduated from the Honors program at Albright College with a BA in French and a BA in Political Science and Communications. She furthered her education at Xavier University with a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration as well as a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where she also received her ordination in 2008. Rabbi Losben-Ostrov founded the Pesach Project for HUC-JIR which has allowed hundreds of rabbinical students to lead Passover Seders and other educational opportunities in the former Soviet Union. She has led an annual Healing Service for nearly two decades to raise awareness of the AIDS crisis.
Rev. Clifford D. Barnett serves as the pastor of the Warner Temple AME Zion Church in Wilmington and Wilmington city council member. He is an active community organizer and team builder with a passion for connecting people in need with resources. Clifford received the Razor Walker Award for Public Service from the UNCW Watson School of Education in 2016. He serves as the Chairman of the Southeastern Dropout Prevention Coalition at UNCW, President of the New Hanover County Smart Start Board of Directors, a member of the Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug-Free Tomorrow Committee, a member of the D.C. Virgo Prep Academy Board of Advisors, where he also serves as a mentor to five boys weekly. He is also the founder of Bridges to Success, a program designed to offer assistance to students and their families who have been suspended from a middle or high school in New Hanover County. Additionally, Clifford has spearheaded the Annual First 2000 Days Summit held every Presidents’ Day for four years, and has hosted Leadercast, the largest one-day leadership event in the world broadcasted from Atlanta, for six years.
Ms. Deborah Dicks Maxwell is the current President of the New Hanover County NAACP and District Director for the Walter B. White District of North Carolina NAACP. The District covers Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender County. The North Carolina NAACP recognized her as District Director of the Year in 2015. Deborah is a retired Public Health Social Worker. Public health has been her passion and career for the past 25 years. The North Carolina Public Health Association named her Public Health Social Worker of the Year in 2009. One of her primary area of concern is voter education and engagement along with the environment since she lives on the NC coast. She is also an Army veteran, having served in Operation Desert Storm and is a past commander of the Wilmington National Association of Black Veterans. Deborah has a Bachelor’s degree in Administration and Management from LaRoche University and a Masters in Social Work from East Carolina University.
Dr. Jarrod Tanny (Moderator)– Associate Professor of History and the Charles and Hannah Block Distinguished Scholar in Jewish History at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Between 2008 and 2010 he was the Schusterman post-Doctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at Ohio University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, focusing on Russian and Jewish history. Originally from Montreal, Canada, he completed an M.A. at the University of Toronto and a B.A. at McGill University.