The Rosenwald Schools work in progress to screen at University of North Carolina

Aviva Kempner will be on hand on October 25th to introduce the work in progress version of The Rosenwald Schools at the University of North Carolina’s Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History in Chapel Hill. North Carolina was the state that built the most Rosenwald schools. The event is free and open to the public and is part of the Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film, which highlights interesting films and provides a venue for discussion and debate.

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center is generously sponsoring this event and you can read more about the screening at their website. Many thanks to Clarissa Goodlett at the Stone Center for promoting this event.

Correction, 10/15/2012: This blog has been amended to more accurately list the event sponsor. We regret the error.

Woody Guthrie tribute concert at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

The great folk singer Woody Guthrie would have turned 100 this year, and the Kennedy Center is celebrating his centennial with a concert featuring a variety of artists like Arlo Guthrie, John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, Tom Morello, Donovan and Roseanne Cash. Guthrie was a Rosenwald fellow and back in July we talked about the discovery of an unknown novel by him that may have been the product of his 1943 Rosenwald fellowship. We are still awaiting an answer from Douglas Brinkley, who is editing the book with Johnny Depp.

Tickets for the concert are officially sold out but they may be available secondhand. It should be a great show and a great tribute to Guthrie’s enormous legacy.

By Michael Rose