The buzz of Art Basel has passed and the holidays are approaching with time to enjoy community offerings.
With racial tensions and religious wars headlining the news, the Coral Gables Museum is presenting what is perhaps the year's most relevant exhibit and a must see for those interested in the history of U.S. race relations.
Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow explores a little known story of Jewish scholars who fled Nazi Germany seeking employment in the United States.
Due to anti-Semitism, these scholars and their families were not readily accepted in white schools and neighborhoods, but were welcomed in traditional black southern colleges.
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These scholars became professors and later, civil rights activists alongside their black students.
This educational and emotionally charged exhibit, which runs through Jan. 11, includes photographs, historic documents, videos and objects pertaining to the Jewish scholars and racial discrimination in the United States during the middle part of the last century.
Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow, which evidences where we have been and how far we have to go with regard to race relations, I encourage you to visit this important exhibition.
The museum is located at 285 Aragon Avenue. Visit coralgablesmuseum.org for admission and hours.
Christine Rupp, Coral Gables