Title















Site Registration | FInd a Copy | Event Calendar | Site Map | Search the Site
The Voice of the Black Community

Arts and Entertainment

'Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow'
Exhibit opens May 7 at Levine Museum of the New South
 
Published Thursday, April 24, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett

PHOTO/LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH
The exhibition "Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges" opens May 7 at Levine Museum of the New South. 

By the time World War II began on September 1, 1939, Germany had purged itself of Jewish professors, scientists, and scholars. A number of these academics found refuge in the United States. Dozens found positions at historically black colleges in the South.

The relationship between these two disenfranchised groups and the unique bond that grew between them is the subject of a new exhibit “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges,” opening May 7 at Levine Museum of the New South.

As recent escapees from persecution by the Nazis, the refugee scholars came face to face with the absurdities of a rigidly segregated Jim Crow society.

The mutual respect between the students and professors resulted in some of the refugee professors becoming involved in the Civil Rights movement.

Notable professors in the exhibit include: Ernst Borinski, John Herz, and Viktor Lowenfeld. Notable students include John Biggers, Joyce Ladner and Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the first black Surgeon General of the United States.

The exhibit also features stories of students and scholars with North Carolina ties. Dr. Ernst Moritz Manasse taught at the North Carolina College for Negroes (now North Carolina Central University) in Durham. Among the students: Charlotte attorney Julius Chambers, Eugene Eaves, Wade Kornegay and Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich.

Comments

Leave a Comment


Send this page to a friend

Upcoming Events

read all
22

Colour of Music: All Black Classical Musicians Festival

The 2nd annual Colour of Music Festival will

24

Rockin' & Racin' Exhibit

Get ready for a jam session like no other at the

24

Serpents of the Seas Exhibit

A new, limited-time exhibit opens at Sea Life

Latest News

read all

Sip on this: Fun Halloween cocktail recipes

Refreshing libations for fall festivities

Charlotte Post Foundation kicks off Fund Drive

Become a friend of the Foundation Earl Leake - Retired Snyder's-Lance executive and Charlotte Post Foundation board member Become a Friend of the Foundation Learning help is on the way for underperforming African-American elementary students, courtesy of generous contributors to the Friends of the Charlotte Post Foundation. The Friends of

Phills' No. 13 returns to Charlotte

Hornets to unveil retired jersey Nov. 1