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American history is generously flowing with stories of collaboration and unity marching the nation ever closer to becoming that perfect union where all are created and treated with dignity and respect.

To celebrate and repeat these seasons of harmony, The Yahweh Project presents The Chronicles of Unity Trail.  Several times a month a new site will be added to the trail.  Our goal is to celebrate the good, the true and the beautiful.  We believe that the partnerships formed throughout American history between the Black and Jewish community is a perfect example of Americans working together to create better outcomes for each other.  From the Rosenwald schools across the south east to Louis Armstrong's first coronet, when people see each other as humans and not adversaries good things happen.

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Chronicles of Unity Trail

Chronicles of Unity Trail Goes to

Albany, GA

Old Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, has been designated as the newest site on the Jewish American Chronicles of Unity Trail, an initiative of The Yahweh Project. This project highlights the collaboration between African American and Jewish American communities in the pursuit of civil rights and equality. The inclusion of Old Mt. Zion Baptist Church is particularly significant due to its historical role in the Albany Movement, a pivotal part of the Civil Rights Movement.

Historical Significance of Old Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Old Mt. Zion Baptist Church, located at 328 W Whitney Ave, Albany, GA, served as the headquarters for the Albany Movement. This church was the epicenter for organizing mass meetings, protests, and civil rights activities during the early 1960s. Today, it houses the Albany Civil Rights Institute, which educates visitors about the Albany Movement and the broader Civil Rights Movement through exhibits and educational programs.

The Albany Movement: A Hub of Jewish and Black Collaboration

The Albany Movement, initiated in 1961, was one of the first mass movements of the Civil Rights era aiming to desegregate an entire community. Jewish and Black leaders worked side by side, showcasing a powerful alliance against racial injustice. Several Jewish leaders and activists played crucial roles in the movement:

  1. Rabbi Israel "Sy" Dresner: Known as the "most arrested rabbi in America," Rabbi Dresner was deeply involved in the Albany Movement, participating in protests and being arrested alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  2. Aaron S. Ciechanover: As a civil rights attorney, Ciechanover provided essential legal assistance to activists, helping to challenge segregation laws and defend those arrested during protests.

  3. Arthur Waskow: A Jewish theologian and civil rights activist, Waskow joined other Jewish activists in Albany, emphasizing interfaith solidarity in the fight for civil rights.

  4. Jack Greenberg: A prominent civil rights lawyer and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Greenberg provided critical legal defense in Albany, supporting the movement’s efforts to dismantle segregation.

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