I had the privilege of attending a SPECTACULAR event last evening at the Kennedy Center – ADL’s 15th Annual Concert Against Hate.
The Masters of Ceremonies included Liev Schreiber and Gabriel Byrne. Their presentation was flawless and the introductions of the different honorees was beyond touching.
In between recognizing the honorees, the National Symphony Orchestra played under the direction of Emil de Cou, who appeared larger than life as he commanded the performance.
This Year’s Honorees included:
- Tom Self – A newspaper photographer in Birmingham, Alabama at the Birmingham News who photographed the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that killed four African-American girls.
- Mindy Finkelstein – A counselor who survived an attack at North Valley Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles, where a neo-Nazi opened fire.
- Joseph Ileto – A postal service employee gunned down by the same neo-Nazi responsible for the shooting at the Jewish Community Center for looking ‘Asian or Hispanic’.
- Ilsa & Lisa Klinghoffer – The daughters of Leon Klinghoffer, who in 1985 was murdered aboard the Archille Lauro by the Palestinian Liberation Organization(PLO) because he was Jewish.
A preview of the event can be found at http://www.adlconcert.org/Preview-09.html.