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    May
    9
    Wed
    “My Summer Working for Martin Luther King, Jr.” @ Jewish Community of Ojai
    May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 7 p.m., Jewish Community of Ojai will host Lanny Kaufer and his multimedia presentation, “My Summer Working for Martin Luther King, Jr.”  Kaufer will share the experiences he had in the Voting Rights Movement, including meeting and volunteering for Dr. King in the South in 1965. The presentation centers on a slideshow of approximately 200 slides, many of which have music embedded to represent the “soundtrack” of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Kaufer also sings, raps, and plays guitar and harmonica to add more musical flavor to the program.

    In 1964 Kaufer volunteered for Dr. King’s SCOPE Project (Summer Community Organization and Political Education), a Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) initiative designed by Dr. King to educate, organize, and register voters in the South just as the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed.  He served in southern Virginia where he was fortunate to meet and shake hands with Dr. King after hearing one of his speeches. The local SCOPE Project which Kaufer and his team helped to establish was able to extend the hours of voter registration, register new voters, and launch an Improvement Association that is still going strong today.

    The son of a Holocaust refugee, Kaufer will also discuss Jewish contributors to the Civil Rights Movement such as Rabbis Abraham Heschel and Joachim Prinz and share socially conscious music of the era. JCO member Sharon West, who was at “Ole Miss” in 1962 when James Meredith became the first African-American student admitted to the segregated university, will introduce Lanny.

    The event is free and open to the public with donations accepted. A suggested donation of $10 is requested. For more information, please visit www.ojaitemple.org or call JCO member Sharon West at 301-661-1466.

    May
    22
    Tue
    “My Summer Working for Martin Luther King, Jr.” high school presentation @ Santa Paula High School
    May 22 @ 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

    This presentation is for the 11th grade U.S. History students of Santa Paula High School. It is not open to the public. For information on bringing this or a similar presentation to your school, library or community organization, please contact civilrightsvet@gmail.com.

    Jan
    20
    Sun
    “My Summer Working for Martin Luther King, Jr.” high school presentation @ Midland School
    Jan 20 – Jan 21 all-day

    This presentation is for the students of Midland School. It is not open to the public. The program will be presented in association with fellow SCOPE Project veteran Richard Smiley, an alumnus of Midland School.

    For information on bringing this or a similar presentation to your school, library or community organization, please fill out and submit the contact form below.

     

    Jan
    23
    Wed
    “My Summer Working for Martin Luther King, Jr.” @ Jewish Community of Ojai
    Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    On Wednesday, January 23, at 7 p.m., to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jewish Community of Ojai (JCO) will host an encore performance by Lanny Kaufer of his musical multimedia presentation, “My Summer Working for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Kaufer will share the experiences he had in the Voting Rights Movement, including meeting and volunteering for Dr. King in the South in 1965, and share socially conscious music of the era.
     
    The presentation consists of a slideshow of approximately 200 slides, many of which have music embedded to represent the “soundtrack” of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Kaufer also sings, raps, and plays guitar and harmonica to add more musical flavor to the program.
     
    The current presentation will be similar to one he gave for JCO in May, 2018, but will include new and updated content. Speaking as the son of a Holocaust refugee, Kaufer will discuss the little known influence of American anti-black racism on Adolf Hitler’s philosophy as well as share Jewish contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. JCO member Sharon West, who was at “Ole Miss” in 1962 when James Meredith became the first African-American student admitted to the segregated university, will introduce Lanny.
     
    In 1964 Kaufer volunteered for Dr. King’s SCOPE Project (Summer Community Organization and Political Education), a Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) initiative designed by Dr. King to educate, organize, and register voters in the South just as the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed. He served in southern Virginia where he was fortunate to meet and shake hands with Dr. King after hearing one of his speeches. The local SCOPE Project which Kaufer and his team helped to establish was able to extend the hours of voter registration, register new voters, and launch an Improvement Association that is still going strong today.
     
    The event is free and open to the public with donations accepted. Jewish Community of Ojai is located at 530 W. El Roblar Drive in Meiners Oaks. For more information, please visit www.OjaiTemple.org

    Apr
    16
    Tue
    “My Summer Working for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” 5th-6th grade presentation @ Mira Monte Elementary School
    Apr 16 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
    "My Summer Working for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." 5th-6th grade presentation @ Mira Monte Elementary School

    This presentation is for the 5th and 6th grade students at Mira Monte Elementary School. It is not open to the public. Please use the contact form in the menu to schedule a performance at your school.

    Apr
    17
    Wed
    “My Summer Working for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” 5th-6th grade presentation @ Topa Topa Elementary School
    Apr 17 @ 8:30 am – 9:15 am
    "My Summer Working for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." 5th-6th grade presentation @ Topa Topa Elementary School

    This presentation is for the 5th and 6th grade students at Topa Topa Elementary School. It is not open to the public. Please use the contact form in the menu to schedule a performance at your school.

    Apr
    25
    Thu
    “My Summer Working for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” 5th-6th grade presentation @ San Antonio Elementary School
    Apr 25 @ 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
    "My Summer Working for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." 5th-6th grade presentation @ San Antonio Elementary School

    This presentation is for the 5th and 6th grade students at San Antonio Elementary School. It is not open to the public. Please use the contact form in the menu to schedule a performance at your school.

    Apr
    29
    Mon
    “My Summer Working for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” 5th-6th grade presentation @ Meiners Oaks Elementary School
    Apr 29 @ 10:15 am – 11:00 am
    "My Summer Working for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." 5th-6th grade presentation @ Meiners Oaks Elementary School

    This presentation is for the 5th and 6th grade students at Meiners Oaks Elementary School. It is not open to the public. Please use the contact form in the menu to schedule a performance at your school.

    May
    15
    Wed
    “My Summer Working for Martin Luther King, Jr.” high school presentation @ St. John's High School, John's Island, South Carolina
    May 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

    This presentation is for the students of St. John’s High School. It is not open to the public. The program will be presented in association with fellow SCOPE Project veteran John Reynolds.

     

    For information on bringing this or a similar presentation to your school, library or community organization, please fill out and submit the contact form below.

    May
    22
    Wed
    “My Summer Working for Martin Luther King, Jr.” high school presentation @ Santa Paula High School, Santa Paula, California
    May 22 @ 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

    This presentation is for the 11th grade U.S. History students of Santa Paula High School. It is not open to the public. For information on bringing this or a similar presentation to your school, library or community organization, please contact civilrightsvet@gmail.com.

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