The Northwest Georgia News is reporting on the upcoming 92nd Anniversary Celebration of the Fairview School Symposium and Gala Weekend, November 11 and 12. The event benefits the Fairview-E.S. Brown School in Cave Spring near Rome, GA, which is one of four buildings that stood on a Rosenwald campus.
The highlight of the weekend is the screening of Rosenwald on November 12 at the Historic DeSoto Theatre.
There are places in this world that should not be forgotten.
A little one-room school building in Cave Spring is one such place. It may not boast any fancy architecture and it doesn’t have a long list of famous alumni. But at one time, this small building represented hope, education and a future for many African American children across several counties. . . . Much of its history has been lost, but the building remains an example of segregated education and the impact it had on the children and the surrounding communities at the time. -“Forever Fairview: Restoring and Preserving History,” by Severo Avila, Features Editor, Northwest Georgia News
This month the National Alumni Association for the J. C. Price High School in Salisbury, NC celebrates 30 years! Price High School was built in 1931 through the Rosenwald Fund and is registered in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, thanks to the Alumni Association.
On May 16th, Chanan Weissman made his first public remarks as the new White House Jewish Liasison before introducing a screening of Rosenwald at the White House to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month. After the film, he welcomed Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, who commented on the film and her ties to the story before introducing a panel discussion with director Aviva Kempner, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein, and Hilary Shelton, Director to the NAACP’s Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Advocacy. The panel was moderated by Samuel Freedman, columnist for The New York Times and a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
On May 2nd, Aviva attended the Toledo Jewish Film Festival for a special presentation of Rosenwald. The screening was accompanied by a reception with the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo’s Chief Executive Officer Joel Marcovitch, Mayor of the City of Toledo Paula Hicks-Hudson, and Kay Miller all in attendance.
On March 31st, Reverend Donrico Colden, who organized the showing of the film in Harrisburg after seeing it in Philadelphia, drove Aviva to Harrisburg, PA for a packed screening of Rosenwald. Rev. Colden and Julie Sherman, Chair of the Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival, introduced Aviva before the film. Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse was in attendance. The next morning, Aviva showed the film for the students at SciTech High as well as some students visiting from The Nativity School of Harrisburg who had come to listen.
After the Harrisburg screening, Aviva flew out to Washington state for the Seattle Jewish Film Festival on April 3rd, where Rosenwald screened to a warm reception. Aviva was honored with a REAL/REEL Difference Award from the festival, along with the festival’s founder, Deborah Rosen.
Afterwards she flew back to the east coast to Boston, MA for a special event screening on April 5th at Brandeis University. Peter Ascoli, Rosenald’s biographer and grandson, also spoke after the film. Brandeis is also home to the National Center of Jewish Film, who distribute the Rosenwald film and all the films produced by the Ciesla Foundation.