About the Atlanta Black/Jewish Coalition 

In 1982, a group of concerned citizens from Atlanta's Black and Jewish communities came together to campaign for the renewal of the Voting Rights Act. The drive to renew one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history reinvigorated the bond between the two communities. Those involved decided to create a coalition to ensure that open dialogue and partnership between the Black and Jewish communities would continue in Atlanta. 

Today, the Atlanta Black/Jewish Coalition has emerged as a central platform for education, outreach and advocacy. As participation reaches new heights, the Coalition continues to build on its original mission by providing a forum for meaningful dialogue and action.

Black/Jewish Coalition Co-Chairs

  • Mark Dawson 
  • Rabbi Bradley Levenberg
  • Victoria Raggs 

Mission Statement

  • Increase the understanding of and interaction between the Jewish and Black communities 
  • Respond on an ad-hoc basis with a definitive action to issues of concern to the Jewish and Black communities
  • Provide a mechanism whereby each community can express its support for the critical issues of the other community
  • Create public awareness for the work of the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition

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