Black Jewish History Month: Robin Washington

Today in Black Jewish History Month, Robin Washington.

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Robin Washington is an American journalist and filmmaker, born in Chicago.

Washington, who is Black and Jewish, was born to an African American father, Atlee Washington, and Jewish mother, Jean Birkenstein Washington.

His major work is the 1995 PBS documentary, You Don’t Have to Ride Jim Crow!, which is a chronicle of the Journey of Reconciliation, the first Freedom Ride of whites and blacks traveling through the Upper South in 1947 to challenge segregation in the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s Irene Morgan decision.

Washington previously produced the documentary: Vermont: The Whitest State in the Union, about African Americans in that state.

From 1996 to 2004 he worked at the Boston Herald, where he wrote a consumer and transportation column and also covered the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, for which he made frequent appearances on national television news shows.

In 2004, he became editorial page editor of Minnesota’s Duluth News Tribune and was promoted to editor in January 2010.

He is also a radio commentator for National Public Radio, and has been a writer, editor, and publisher for several publications.

Washington is a cofounder, with Michelle Stein-Evers and Rabbi Capers C. Funnye Jr., of the Alliance of Black Jews, which formed in 1995.

This is Black Jewish History Month at Manishtana’s Musings.


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