Sixty years ago, tribal hate blew a hole in the walls of Atlanta’s Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple on Peachtree Street. I slept unaware next door. The bombing followed The Temple’s rabbi’s calls for integration and awakened our city to the hate seething below our community’s surface.
Though no one was convicted of the crime – a neo-Nazi anti-Semite was tried and acquitted and others arrested and released – it did convict Atlanta, prompting outcries from our mayor and a Pulitzer Prize-winning column by editor Ralph McGill.
Atlanta became the center of the civil rights movement. Time to lead again?