On February 10, 2018 the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Prince George’s Publick Playhouse Theatre held a packed screening of Rosenwald arranged to honor Black History month.
Prior to the screening, the film was introduced by Chairman of the Prince George’s County Planning Board Elizabeth M. Hewlett. Following the screening Aviva Kempner, director of Rosenwald; Stephanie Deutsch, author of “You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald; and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South,” Charlene Drew Jarvis, daughter of Charles Drew, joined together for a panel discussion to discuss the legacy of Julius Rosenwald. Dennis A. Doster, Ph.D., Black History Program Manager moderated the panel.
Mildred Ridgley-Gray, known best for her work saving and restoring the Ridgeley Rosenwald School in Capitol Heights, Maryland was in the audience with her daughter LaVerne Gray. Mrs. Ridgley is also featured in several of the bonus features that accompany the Rosenwald DVD.