Today, our government is turning its back on those who seek freedom — the narrative is all too familiar for those of us in the Jewish community. Our government’s policies are ripping apart families and leaving the lives of young immigrants in limbo. Legal status for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers is being threatened. This undermines our history as a nation of immigrants. This year at our Seder, when we retell the story of the Jewish people’s flight from Egypt, we’ll also reflect on our country’s immigrants and refugees who also face fear and bigotry every day. We’ll talk about the meaning of freedom and what we can do to open more doors to those who have come here — whether to flee persecution or for economic reasons — to build a better life for themselves and their children. —Jonathan Greenblatt, Anti-Defamation League
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Today in LGBT History – March 30
1958 – The first performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance theater in New York occurred on this day. Alvin Alley (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) He was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. He is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th-century concert dance. His company gained the nickname “Cultural Ambassador to the World” because of its extensive international touring. Ailey’s choreographic masterpiece Revelations is believed to be the best known and most often seen modern dance performance. In 1977, Ailey was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988. In 2014, President Barack Obama selected Ailey to be a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Ailey died of AIDS complications on December 1, 1989 at the age of 58.
2017 – Gilbert Baker (June 2, 1951 – March 31, 2017), an artist based in San Francisco who created the rainbow flag in 1978 as a symbol for the gay community, dies at ag 65. Baker’s flag became widely associated with LGBT rights causes, a symbol of gay pride that has become ubiquitous in the decades since its debut. California state senator Scott Wiener said Baker “helped define the modern LGBT movement”. In 2015, the Museum of Modern Art ranked the rainbow flag as an internationally recognized symbol as important as the recycling symbol.
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(Historical information obtained from a variety of sources including QUIST at facebook.com/quistapp, Back2Stonewall.com, Lavender Effect, DataLounge.com, Arron’s Gay Info, All Things Queer, RS Levinson, Amara Das Wilhelm, out.com, Safe Schools Coalition, and/or Wikipedia. If you wish to edit an item or add an item, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!)