As part of annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations, a panel of local experts will discuss the civil rights movement from the black and Jewish perspectives with an eye toward a shared future.

The event will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue, 182 Rutledge Ave. in downtown Charleston.

Panelists will discuss struggles and progress from 1954 to the 1970s as seen by two communities.

Jill HaLevi will moderate the panel, which includes Millicent Brown, Armand Derfner, Gerald Kaynard, Lucille S. Whipper and the Rev. McKinley Washington Jr.

This third annual event is co-presented by BSBI and the YWCA of Greater Charleston. It is free and open to the public.

For more, call BSBI at 577-6599 or the YMCA at 722-1644 or