September 9: Free Screening of “Rosenwald” In Hillsborough, North Carolina

Detail from the "Rosenwald" film poster

Detail from the “Rosenwald” film poster

Filmmaker Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald: The Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African American Communitieexplores a little-known initiative that resulted in the creation of thousands of schools for poor, rural African-American children in in the Jim Crow South, at a time when few received any public education. Presented by Friends of Russell Rosenwald School, the screening is free and open to the public; a Q&A with Kempner will follow. View the film trailer here

Rosenwald Screening and Q&A with Aviva Kempner
Friday, September 9, 6:45 p.m.
Russell Rosenwald School Lawn
2001 Saint Mary’s Road, Hillsborough, North Carolina

Kempner’s documentary tells the story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school but rose to become the president and later chairman of Sears, Roebuck, and Co. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with southern African American communities during the early twentieth century to build over 5,300 rural schools that, between 1915 to 1932, helped educate 660,000 African-American students. Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective and generous philanthropists, giving away $62 million in his lifetime.

Read more about Aviva Kempner and the making of Rosenwald in this Huffington Post story.

Aviva Kempner‘s films investigate non-stereotypical images of Jews in history and celebrate the untold stories of Jewish heroes.  In addition to Rosenwald, she conceived of and produced Partisans of Vilna, a documentary on Jewish resistance against the Nazis; produced and directed Peabody-winning and Emmy-nominated The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, about the Jewish slugger who fought anti-Semitism in the 1930s and ’40s; and produced and directed Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, about television pioneer Gertrude Berg. 

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