FREE MLK Weekend Screening
Available 1/16 - 1/18
Aviva Kempner’s ROSENWALD (SFJFF35) is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. Rosenwald sheds light on this silent partner of the Pre-Civil Rights Movement. Rosenwald awarded fellowship grants to a who's who of African American intellectuals and artists of his day so that they could pursue their scholarship and art. They included: Marian Anderson, James Baldwin, the father and uncle of civil rights leader Julian Bond, Ralph Bunche, W. E. B. DuBois, Katherine Dunham, Ralph Ellison, John Hope Franklin, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Gordon Parks, Jacob Lawrence and Augusta Savage along with Woody Guthrie. 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 philanthropists. Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration.
This program is presented in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Ciesla Foundation, and The National Center for Jewish Film.
CLICK HERE to register for the Monday, January 18th special panel discussion featuring Aviva Kempner, Director; Elizabeth Varet, Granddaughter of Julius Rosenwald; Ethelbert Miller, Poet and Writer; and moderated by SFJFF co-founder, Janis Plotkin.