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A Zionist episode in a civil rights pioneer’s remarkable life

Rafael Medoff | Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 8:53 am

Dovey Johnson Roundtree was an unsung civil rights activist and attorney whose groundbreaking work was the subject of a front-page feature in the Washington Post this week, following her death at age 104. What the Post did not realize is that Roundtree was also part of a remarkable alliance of Zionists and African-American activists who won a landmark victory over racial segregation in 1940s Baltimore.

This is a story that began in the autumn of 1946, when the Zionist activists known as the Bergson Group created a Broadway play called “A Flag is Born,” authored by the Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright Ben Hecht.

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