It’s Never Too Late to Form a Cultural Assault on Antisemitism and Racism
A Call to Action to Recognize
Shared Legacies and Speak Up Against Hate and Dehumanization
The valuable insights you can gain from watching this Timely Topic:
- Embracing Diversity
- Resilience in the Face of Adversity
- Speaking Up for Justice
- Finding Common Ground
- The Power of Education
- Making a Meaningful Impact
Wednesday, December 6th, 2023
12 PM Noon MT
This Timely Topic will include an exclusive complimentary screening of the director’s cut of Spill the Honey’s documentary, “Shared Legacies: The African American-Jewish Civil Rights Alliance”. A link to view the film will be shared 48 hours before the Timely Topic begins.
Check back in December 2023 for the full PDF transcript of this Timely Topic talk!
Learn more about the panel of incredible women presenting this Timely Topic:
Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence
Retired Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence has lived in Michigan’s 14th Congressional District, which includes a portion of Detroit as well the City of Southfield and 16 other cities located in Oakland and Wayne counties, her entire life.
She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November of 2014. She was elected the Freshman Whip and appointed Senior Whip. She was a Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on the Interior. She was also a member of the House Committee on Small Business and serves on the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade and the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce.
Former Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, co-founder of the bi-partisan Congressional Caucus on Black and Jewish relations, became Executive Director of Spill the Honey in Spring 2023.
Dr. Shari Rogers
Dr. Shari Rogers is a clinical psychologist, filmmaker, and Co-Founder and President of Spill the Honey, a Michigan-based 501(c)(3) organization that promotes human dignity and advances public knowledge of the Holocaust and the Civil Rights movement, through the lens of the historic Black and Jewish alliance. Dr. Rogers has been working closely for over 10 years with Dr. Clarence B. Jones educating on the historical alliance and using this alliance as a bedrock to build alliances and fight antisemitism and racism today.
Her work encompasses educational programming, curriculum development, public speaking, movie production, event organizing and curating artistic programs. Rogers has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers including, Amsterdam News, Atlanta Jewish Times, Detroit Jewish News, The Gazelle, HuffPost, Jewish Journal, The Forward, The Independent, Southern Jewish Life, and University of Michigan Daily.
Mali Wilson is an empowering force for change. With a diverse career, she embodies the essence of a Renaissance woman. Through her heartfelt music as a Sunshine Blues Singer, Mali spreads a timeless message of love and unity.
As the Founder of the EarthGirl movement, Mali is dedicated to making a positive impact on our planet. Her achievements include winning an Emmy Award for her acting, being recognized as a Grammy-winning music executive, and a Grammy Nominated Producer.
Mali Wilson is the Musical Director of the Spill the Honey non-profit.
About Spill the Honey
Spill the Honey is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to highlight the historic alliances between the African American and Jewish communities, to promote human dignity and empathy, and to advance public knowledge of this alliance during the civil rights movement.
Founded in 2012, Spill the Honey was inspired by the wisdom of two leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Eliezer Ayalon, a protégé of Eli Wiesel. A Holocaust survivor like Wiesel, Ayalon was gifted a cup of honey from his mother the final day she would see him before being sent by the Nazis to five concentration camps. The honey symbolized a sense of hope and survival and is the inspiration of the organization’s name.
Spill the Honey’s vision is to use the transformative power of the arts to change hearts and minds, foster empathy, bridge divides, and amplify the voices of the historic African American-Jewish civil rights coalition in order to remind all people of our shared humanity, and build partnerships that transcend divisions of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. Former Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, co-founder of the bi-partisan Congressional Caucus on Black and Jewish relations, became executive director of Spill the Honey in Spring 2023.
In 2020, Spill the Honey released a 96-minute documentary, “Shared Legacies: The African American-Jewish Civil Rights Alliance,” which was co-produced by Dr. Shari Rogers and Lisa Weitzman, Co-Founders of Spill the Honey. The film features civil rights leaders Martin Luther King III, the late Congressman John Lewis, Ambassadors Andrew Young and David Saperstein, Sherry Frank, former South East Area Director of the American Jewish Committee, Dr. Susannah Heschel, NAACP’s CEO Derrick Johnson, Dr. Cornell Brooks, Lou Gossett, Jr. and Holocaust scholar Dr. Michael Berenbaum who speaks to the historic coalition between the African American-led Civil Rights Movement that was supported by Jewish activists and can be used as a template to inspire future generations. Dr. Jones is featured prominently in the film.
Over the past decade, Spill the Honey has been building bridges, developing content, producing music, organizing events and student-led webinars, creating children’s books, showing private screenings of their film, crafting an educational curriculum, and posting on social media to spread awareness of the historic and existing Black-Jewish Coalition.
Learn more about the panel, Spill the Honey, and the Shared Legacies documentary