Where did Spill the Honey Originate From?
Updated: Oct 28, 2020
Spill the Honey™ was inspired by Eliezer “Eli” Ayalon, a victim of the Holocaust. When his ghetto was being evacuated and his mother sent him away so he’d survive, she gave him a cup of honey, a symbol of the sweet life she knew he was destined to lead. This gesture signified light and hopes in the darkest place of their history. Eliezer did not merely accept the cup, but spent his adult life pouring into it, “so that it may spill over into the lives of others.”
Spill the Honey™ recognizes and honors both the Jewish American community’s legacy of self-renewal in the wake of the Holocaust and the African American community’s legacy of freedom struggles during and after slavery as it seeks to bring awareness of the historic connections between these two communities.
Like Eli’s cup of honey, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech has stood as a symbol of hope to humanity that we are capable of making the world a better place!
Spill the Honey™ founder Dr. Shari Rogers had the great good fortune to meet civil rights leader Dr. Clarence B. Jones, a speechwriter and attorney for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Rogers recollects, “Dr. Jones and I decided to raise our voices together to help rebuild the historic coalition between African Americans and Jews. We realized that the shared pain as well as unique ordeals of Jews and African Americans can be utilized to encourage and excite other diverse communities to join us in the fight against persecution and oppression that still exist.”