“To Life” L’Chaim 2024: The Power of Conversation

On September 10th, people from communities across Alabama will gather for an exhilarating evening of art, music, and celebration at the annual  “To Life” L’Chaim benefit celebrating the work of the Alabama Holocaust Education Center.

L’Chaim means “To Life”, but not just any life – a good life. As we know from the history of the Holocaust, there is evil in the world. Our mission compels us to determine what to do about it.

If you are Daryl Davis, you use the power of conversation and you fix it.

Through his experiences engaging with hate group members, Davis demonstrates the power of empathy, dialogue and bridge-building in overcoming divisions and fostering understanding. His powerful story teaches us how individuals can challenge prejudice, break down barriers, and build meaningful connections across seemingly impossible divides.

Don’t miss this powerful event designed to immerse you in the Power of Conversation.

The Central Alabama Theater’s Executive Producer Carl Peoples and Director of Education Carolyn Violi will be producing the event. The 2024 benefit will entertain with Grammy Nominees, Dove Award winners, world renowned artists, and award-winning TV, film and stage actors. We will also welcome and hear from local celebrities and distinguished elected officials.

Bring your entire family to Samford University’s impressive Wright Center located at 800 Lakeshore Drive for an amazing night of celebration and inspiration!

Tickets will go on sale soon!

Become a Sponsor:

By becoming a sponsor of this year’s L’Chaim “To Life”: The Power of Conversation, you are ensuring the legacy, and lessons of the Holocaust are passed on for generations. For more information on sponsorship levels, and to register to become a sponsor, click the button below:

Become A Sponsor and/or Make A Gift Now!

Join Our Host Committee:

Joining our host committee will allow you to connect with other passionate individuals and contribute meaningfully to our mission to educate about the lessons of the Holocaust and create a more just and compassionate world. The event on September 10th will celebrate the progress of the AHEC’s mission. As a host committee member, you will help promote the event, leverage your personal and professional network to attract attendees, and secure sponsorships and donations to ensure its success. To join the Host Committee, click the button below:

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Meet Our Headliner:

A front-facing picture of Daryl Davis, an African American man in a three-fourths pose wearing a purple shirt with a purple tie. A microphone is in the foreground, and he sits against a brown background.

Daryl Davis believes that every missed opportunity for dialogue is a missed opportunity for conflict-resolution. Davis is an American R&B musician, leader of The Daryl Davis Band, and has performed with musicians such as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tina Turner, and others.

For the past forty years, Daryl has been engaging in active dialogues with members of the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other hateful movements to better understand what would draw someone to these ideologies. As a result of their conversations with Daryl, over 200 people have renounced these hateful ideas and relinquished their Klan robes and other memorabilia over to him as a symbolic transition away from their dark past.

Through his experiences engaging with members of hate groups, Daryl Davis exemplifies the power of conversation to overcome divisions and foster understanding. His story serves as a powerful example of how individuals can challenge prejudice, break down barriers, and build meaningful connections across lines of difference.

Leading up to the event, Daryl will speak to K-12 and college students across Alabama alongside friend and daughter of Holocaust Survivors, Tamara Meyer, and Arno Michaelis, a former neo-Nazi skinhead who left the movement as a result of his relationship with Daryl. Then, he will speak and perform on the night of September 10th at L’Chaim “To Life”: The Power of Conversation. Join him!

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

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The Alabama Holocaust Education Center would like to thank all our 2024 L’Chaim “To Life” sponsors. Their generous support plays a vital role in furthering our ongoing mission and educational initiatives.

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Sep 10 2024


Doors open at 5:00pm.
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Samford University's Wright Center
800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229


Alabama Holocaust Education Center