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A version of this post was published on the RACblog on February 12, 2014, in advance of the celebrations this summer around the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This landmark legislation, as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were both drafted in the Sillins Library at the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C. The story of the 16 rabbis and Commission on Social Action Director, Al Vorspan, who marched with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in St. Augustine, FL, in 1964 highlights one of the key moments in the history of Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights...

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