New Civil Rights museum designed by Rosenwald School alum George Wolfe

Posted October 3rd, 2014 by

The Christian Science Monitor reports that a large multimedia exhibit at the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta were designed by the talented director and playwright George C. Wolfe. The article talks about Wolfe’s childhood, growing up in segregated Frankfort, Kentucky. Attending the Rosenwald School in Frankfort was a highlight of Wolfe’s childhood. He will speak about the school and his mother, a teacher at “Rosenwald,” in our upcoming documentary about the Rosenwald Schools.

You can read more about the museum and Wolfe at the Christian Science Monitor.

James Baldwin mentioned in article about Scorsese documentary

Posted October 1st, 2014 by

Hank Stuever, writing for The Washington Post, gave a positive review to Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s new documentary about the New York Review of Books. Stuever writes that the film, called The 50 Year Argument, “does a thoughtful and appealing job of opening up the rarefied literary realm of the NYRB to a viewer who may have never heard of it.” Stuever mentions Rosenwald Fund fellow James Baldwin as one of the authors frequently found in the pages of the NYRB.

You can read more about the new documentary at The Washington Post.

Profile of the San Domingo Rosenwald School published in the Washington Post

Posted October 1st, 2014 by

The newly restored San Domingo Rosenwald School, where we filmed on Saturday, August 23rd, was the subject of a lovely profile by Karen Chen in yesterday’s Washington Post. The 1919 Rosenwald School was beautifully restored over ten years by community members led by Newell Quinton, an alum of the school. Saturday was the school’s grand reopening as a community center and event space.

Click here to read more about the history of the school, the restoration and the people who made it possible at The Washington Post. Click here to read our blog post about the shoot.

Eric Holder pictured with portrait of Rabbi Emil Hirsch’s grandson

Posted October 1st, 2014 by

The outgoing attorney general Eric Holder posed for a picture in February with Edward H. Levi, a previous attorney general who served under President Ford. Levi was the grandson of Rabbi Emil Hirsch, a strong advocate for Civil Rights for African Americans in turn of the century Chicago. Holder has been called a “champion of Civil Rights” as well by The New York Times. You can read more about Holder and see the photo of him with Levi’s portrait in the New York Times article.