In 1955, my wife, Shirley, and I came to Miami for our honeymoon. We saw that blacks had to sit in the back of the bus. We also saw restrooms, drinking fountains, and beaches marked “whites” and “colored.”
This month we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We have come a long way from the time that a black man was forced to sit in a segregated outhouse, to a black man now sitting in the White House. By our diligent efforts on behalf of equal rights for all, we will see the realization of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of the day when people will be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
On that day, we will change the words of the famous spiritual from, “We shall overcome” to “We have overcome.”
Rabbi Solomon Schiff, Miami Beach