Fifty years ago today

Julian Bond

On December 5th, 1966, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Georgia Legislature violated Julian Bond’s constitutional rights by refusing to seat him. Bond, a Negro civil rights worker and official of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, was twice barred from his elected seat in the Georgia House because he supported a committee statement describing U.S. policy in Viet Nam as aggression.

Source: Ledger-Enquirer

Senator Cory Booker Speaks on Rosenwald

Photo courtesy of The Jewish Exponent

Julius Rosenwald was inducted into the National Museum of American Jewish History on May 18th of this year. Be sure to check out Cory Booker’s erudite remarks at the Only in America Gala on Julius Rosenwald’s legacy, American equality growth, and Langston Hughes’ timeless poem, Let America Be America.

Watch Senator Booker’s full speech here and read more about this event on The Jewish Exponent.

Legacy of Julius Rosenwald

Pictured above: Rosenwald school pupil John White (Photo courtesy of Carol White)

Julius Rosenwald impacted lives when he was building schools, when the schools were built, and even still today when much of the school network is long gone. One of the boons of this project has been being able to see how many people are still touched by Rosenwald’s influence today. Not a week goes by without Ciesla being swamped with stories, stories from the past about a grandfather who got his education in a Rosenwald school and went on to become a doctor, stories about Julius Rosenwald’s legacy reaching through time and touching lives still today. We received this week a story about a woman in Mississippi whose great grandfather attended a Rosenwald school in Mississippi. The Rosenwald legacy echoes loudly, you just need to know what to listen for.

Read more on Mississippi Rosenwald schools here