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January 30, 1987 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-01-30

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Friday, January 30, 1987

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

ew York — Blacks and
whites, Christians
and Jews, 15,000
strong, joined the largest civil
rights march Saturday in
Cumming, Georgia, since Mar-
tin Luther King led the 1965
march in Selma, Alabama.
The march marked a reaf-
firmation of the Black-Jewish
coalition for civil rights which
blossomed in the 1960's, ac-
cording to Rabbi A. James Ru-
din, American Jewish Com-
mittee director of interreli-
gious affairs, who was a fea-
tured speaker at the march.
Rudin called the march an
awesome display by Ameri-
cans asserting their right to
march and demonstrate peace-
fully anywhere in this country.
Saturday's march came
exactly one week after the lit-
tle town of Cumming, popula-
tion 2,000, hosted a smaller but
more violent march, brought to
an abrupt and premature halt
when Ku Klux Klansman
hurled bottles and rocks at an
interracial brotherhood
march.
Within a week, civil rights
leaders, Jewish community
leaders and Christian clergy
organized a massive response
to the violence. But the out-
pouring of support over-
whelmed the organizers who
did not expect the huge turn-
out, Rudin said after returning
to New York.
A convoy of some 200 buses
carried the marchers from
their meeting point in Atlanta
to the outskirts of Cumming in
Forsyth county, north of At-
lanta. But they were not the
only ones demonstrating
Saturday. Several hundred
counter-demonstrators, a

handful of them Klansmen
donning white sheets awaited
the demonstrators in Cum-
ming behind a human wall of
security forces.
Rudin described the.scene as
the buses neared Cumming. "It
was one of the only times in my
life I feared for my physical
survival. We saw the security
forces on the roof with auto-
matic weapons," Rudin said.
"Then I saw about 15 men in
white sheets, some of them ex-
tending their right arms in a
Nazi salute. The bus got very
quiet, very tense. I had seen
pictures of them. But it was the
first time in my life I had ever
seen the KKK in their white
sheets, in broad daylight with
the Confederate flags and the
Nazi salutes."
Rudin rode in a leadership
bus, the second in the convoy,
which also carried slain civil
rights leader Martin Luther
King's widow, Coretta Scott
King. "We had been warned
about snipers who might want
to hit the leaders, especially
Ms. King," Rudin said. After
reaching the starting point of
the march, Rudin and other
leaders addressed the march in
front of the county courthouse.
"Once again, our nation has
seen the ugly face of racism
and bigotry, this time in For-
syth County, Ga. but fear and
intimidation will never stop
Americans of good will from
asserting their right to assem-
ble peaceably," Rudin told the
marchers.
"I am proud to represent the
American Jewish Committee
in this historic march. Bigots
and racists everywhere must
learn that Americans who
stand for justice and equality
will do whatever it takes, for as
long as it takes, to eradicate
racist hatred from our midst."
As the marchers moved

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