Old Rosenwald school to get commemorative sign

Posted January 29th, 2016 by

Central Davie Academy is a school that sits in Mocksville, NC, on a site that formerly played host to a Rosenwald school. The school, established in 1933 as Mocksville Colored Grade School, stood for many years- eventually becoming Mocksville Colored High School, Davie County Training School (where teachers were trained). The original Rosenwald school no longer stands, but new efforts are being made to commemorate the school with a historical sign near the current school’s flagpole.

Read the full article here!

ROSENWALD screened as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration

Posted January 21st, 2016 by

On January 18th, as part of a commemoration to Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosenwald was screened before a full house by the JCC Manhattan in New York City. The film was presented by Aviva, who held a small discussion as well. Among the attendees in the crowded JCC event was a woman who was a former teacher at a Rosenwald school.

The next day, Aviva attended another screening of Rosenwald in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr., this time in Washington, DC. Presenting the film with her and joining in on discussion was great civil rights leader, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Aviva Kempner with Wade Henderson

Did you miss Aviva’s discussion about ROSENWALD on C-SPAN?

Posted January 19th, 2016 by

You can catch it again online, here!

Rosenwald in DC on February 4th!

Posted January 19th, 2016 by


Rosenwald plays at Longue Vue, home of Julius Rosenwald’s daughter, in New Orleans

Posted January 14th, 2016 by

Last weekend Aviva visited Longue Vue House & Gardens, the New Orleans home of Julius Rosenwald’s daughter Edith Stern, for a special screening of Rosenwald. Edith, like her father, was a gracious philanthropist, humanitarian, civil rights activist, and assisted in the establishment of Dillard University. The home now serves as not only a museum and garden, but a great learning facility for everyone with tours of the estate. While visiting, Aviva was able to join a tour and take some photos of the lovely household.

Gift Shop at the Longue Vue House & Gardens
A view of the garden fountain








A sculpture display of various plants- one of many art pieces found on display at the Longue Vue House
The culture and design of the house even spreads to the door knobs!

Needless to say, with a screening at such a historic place rich with culture and educational resources, the film drew a large crowd and filled the venue.

Aviva talks before a crowd at the Longue Vue screening
Aviva after the screening with Bill Hess (left) and Gilbert Rochon (interviewee, right)

Rosenwald ranked #24 Best film of 2015!

Posted January 14th, 2016 by

The results are in! After a “smart rating system” took into account all the ratings and reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, Metacritic, and Gracenote, as well as box office results- Rosenwald was determined to be the 24th best film of 2015!

See the full list, here!

Salon 94 in New York now displaying the installation, “Segregation Story: Gordon Parks”

Posted January 14th, 2016 by

In 2012, archivists at the Gordon Parks Foundation uncovered a vast collection of photographs on color slide film. The photographs were taken by Gordon Parks for Life in Alabama in 1956. “The project was to be a counterpoint to misinformation spread by segregationists who claimed that a racially separated, caste-based society was good for everyone.” Only 26 photographs were published in the magazine.

Now, 59 years later, a selection of these photographs are on display at Salon 94 in New York in the installation, “Segregation Story: Gordon Parks”.

Read the full article here.

Fairview School

Posted January 5th, 2016 by

Fairview Brown has been working to preserve the memory of the Fairview and ES Brown Rosenwald Schools in Georgia. Last year, the organization was able to clean up the sites, secure a $15,000 federal grant for Historic Preservation, host a successful fundraiser, and construct a canopy over the roof of Fairview school.

Hopefully, this organization can make more great strides toward historic preservation in 2016. We are excited to preview Rosenwald in Floyd County this year in partnership with the organization.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can help preserve the schools, visit their website at http://fairviewbrown.org/.