The Hands of Peace: A Holocaust Survivor’s Fight for Civil Rights in the American South by Marione Ingram

The Hands of Peace: A Holocaust Survivor's Fight for Civil Rights in the American South by Marione Ingram

Born in Hamburg in the 1930s, Marione Ingram survived the Holocaust in Nazi Germany, only to find when she came to the United States that racism was as pervasive in the American South as anti-Semitism was in Europe.

Moving first to New York and then to Washington, DC, Marione joined the burgeoning civil rights movement, protesting discrimination in housing, employment, education, and other aspects of life in the nation’s capital, including the denial of voting rights.

In 1964, at the urging of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, Marione went south to Mississippi. There, she worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and taught African American youth at one of the country’s controversial freedom schools. With her boldness came threats—white supremacists made ominous calls and left a blazing cross in front of her school—and an arrest and conviction. She narrowly escaped a three-month prison sentence.

Marione’s core belief in the equality of all people, regardless of race or religion, did not waver and she refused to be quieted, refused to accept bigotry.

Source: Jewish Book Council

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