[American Jewish Committee 58th Annual Meeting]
Thursday, May 20, 1965
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Morris Abram, president of The American Jewish Committee speaks about hope. He makes reference to two attendees, Martin Luther King and Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. Abram speaks of both men's work for civil rights.
He speaks of the Civil Rights leadership and of "astonishing willingness [of African Americans] to forgive the wrong when righted."
He says that the only valid test is absolute equality and that on that test we still fail. He speaks of the tensions caused by the struggles for equality, but reiterates the importance of non-violent demonstration. Abram mentions the support Jewish Americans have shown for African Americans. he notes that despite both groups struggles, the African American's experience with slavery sets them apart. He speaks of the differences of their struggles - African Americans have been the only minority to have been denied access to the American educational system.
Abrams moves on to speak of the Jewish people's ties to Germany - he says that despite the atrocities of the past guilt is personal and can not be applied to a nation.
He also speaks about forthcoming conclusion of the Second Vatican Council and the relationship of Catholics and Jews.
He finally speaks contrasts the Soviet Union's concept of human rights to America's.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
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Municipal archives id: T1879