Mona Ackerman and Johnnie Cochran.

Diversity In Black And White:
Johnnie Cochran & Marc Schneier

Story and Photos by Tim Boxer

HE Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, which seeks to promote ethnic tolerance, honored two lawyers, one black and the other Jewish, for their work in inter-group relations.

Rabbi Marc Schneier with
Johnnie Cochran.

Rabbi Marc Schneier, who heads the organization, presented the awards at the Fifth Avenue salon of Dr. Mona Ackerman.

Both awardees have a connection to Israel.

Johnnie Cochran Jr., best remembered for his successful defense of O.J. Simpson, said that three decades ago he spent a week at Kibbutz Lavi.

Sanford Rubenstein, who represents Rev. Al Sharpton, accompanied the activist on his recent trip to Israel.

Johnnie Cochran and Ben Brafman,
powerhouse counselors.

“I told him he should go to Gaza and meet with Yasir Arafat,” Rubenstein related. “The objective was to have a positive change, to stop the killing.”

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