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Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights: International Human Rights Day

Celebration of International Human Rights Day

Thursday Dec 10th at 7pm at Mayerson Hall, HUC-JIR

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Helen Suzman - was one of South Africa's most outspoken opponents of apartheid during her 36-year career )1953-1989) as a Member of Parliament. A dramatic panel exhibition on view at the Skirball Museum through January 24 explores nearly four decades of Suzman's life and vision through photographs, personal letters, quotations from speeches and news articles, and moving narrative. 

'In honor of International Human Rights Day, a panel of local women who have played meaningful roles in human rights advocacy will share their stories and engage in discussion.  The panel will be moderated by Rabbi Miriam Terinchamp, rabbi and spiritual leader of Temple Sholom in Amberly Village. Panelists include:

Iris Roley - a freedom advocate for 13 years who designed and monitored Cincinnati police department reform as a project manager for the Cincinnati Black United Front

Jennifer L. Branch- partner in Gerhardstein & Branch, the firm that won the landmark, Obergefell v Hodges case, which held that the 14th Amendment requires States to license and recognize same-sex marriages.

Dr. Catherine Roma - founder of several choirs including MUSE, Cincinnati's Women's Choir, who has commissioned musical works across barriers of race, religion, class, sexual orientation, age, and imprisonment.

Marian Spencer - civil rights icon in the Cincinnati community who led the effort to desegregate Coney Island, headed the NAACP, served on Cincinnati Council and was at the forefront of numerous civil rights gains of the past half-century.'


Earlier Event: December 8
Unite Communities-Strengthen Cincinnati
Later Event: December 16
Women's Interfaith Prayer Service