Rosenwald

Rosenwald, by Aviva Kempner, is a documentary about how Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler who rose to head Sears, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 Southern schools in African American communities in the early 1900s during the Jim Crow era. Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. The Rosenwald Fund supported great artists like Marian Anderson, Woody Guthrie, Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks, and Jacob Lawrence. Among those interviewed are civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Ben Jealous and Congressman John Lewis, columnists Eugene Robinson and Clarence Page, Cokie Roberts, Rabbi David Saperstein, Rosenwald school alumni writer Maya Angelou and director George C. Wolfe and Rosenwald relatives.

Original title:
The Rosenwald Schools
Year:
2015
Length:
100 minutes
Country:
Director:
Aviva Kempner
Poster for Rosenwald

Shown at

  1. 13th Annual JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  2. 14th Annual Temple Emanu-El Kirk Cashmere Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. 15th Annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  4. 16th Annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  5. 20th Annual Jewish Film Festival of Grand Rapids - 2018
  6. 21st Annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  7. 22nd Annual Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  8. 22nd Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2011
  9. 23rd Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  10. 25th Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  11. 33rd Annual Buffalo International Jewish Film - 2018
  12. Annual Northern Virginia International Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  13. Asheville Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  14. Baltimore Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  15. Boulder Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  16. Central Florida Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  17. Cherry Hill Volvo Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  18. Cleveland Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  19. Dayton Jewish International Film Festival - 2016
  20. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  21. JewishFilm - 2015
  22. Karen Schneider Jewish Film Festival of Flint - 2016
  23. Louisville Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  24. Maine Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  25. Michiana Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  26. Mobile Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  27. North Louisiana Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  28. Sacramento Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  29. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  30. Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  31. Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  32. Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  33. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2016

2 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘Rosenwald’ Schools Aimed To Help Louisville’s African-American Students

    In the early 20th century, schools for African-American children were usually underfunded and ramshackle, if they existed at all. Rural areas often only had white schools, leaving black children without opportunities for formal education.

    A Jewish businessman from Chicago decided to do what he could to change that.
    http://wfpl.org/rosenwald-schools-doc-louisville-kentucky/

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Ossining’s Teatown Gets Shout Out In Film About Jewish Philanthropist

    http://ossining.dailyvoice.com/events/ossinings-teatown-gets-shout-out-in-film-about-jewish-philanthropist/646441/

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