On Sunday, April 29 from 1-3 at the JCC’s Senior Lounge, Leonard Rogoff will discuss his new book “Gertrude Weil: Jewish Progressive in the New South,” published by The University of North Carolina Press.
Born to a prominent family in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Weil fought for women’s suffrage, founded her state’s League of Women Voters, pushed for labor reform and social welfare and advocated for world peace. She made national headlines during an election in 1922 when, casting her vote, she spotted and ripped up a stack of illegally marked ballots. Weil campaigned against lynching, convened a biracial council in her home, and in her 80s, she desegregated a swimming pool by diving in headfirst.
Please come to the meeting and learn more about this remarkable, inspiring Jewish woman.