BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Tuesday evening, CBS 42 anchor Sherri Jackson hosted “A Courageous Conversation of Healing,” featuring leadership from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) and the Birmingham Jewish Federation.
Officials from BCRI said the conversation is in part necessary because of divisions caused by controversy over an award given to Dr. Angela Davis, a Birmingham native.
“In 2019, Birmingham’s Black and Jewish communities were divided when The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute honored Dr. Angela Davis with the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award,” BCRI said in a statement. “Supporters and other concerned individuals and organizations, both inside and outside of Birmingham, made requests that the decision be rescinded, and a significant estrangement was forged. The loudest voices heard during this time were those that further divided us.”
BCRI and the Birmingham Jewish Federation “intend to bridge the breaches in our community through a restorative session.”