SCREENING UPDATE: The Rosenwald Schools Work in Progress

Director Aviva Kempner

Early in the 20th Century, philanthropist Julius Rosenwald partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,300 schools for rural African American communities in the South at a time when few African Americans received any public education. Born in Springfield, Illinois, Rosenwald was the son of German Jewish immigrants who rose to become one of the wealthiest men in America as the head of Sears Roebuck and Company. The film will trace Julius Rosenwalds generosity towards Black education and major Black artists and intellectuals such as Marian Anderson,  the father and uncle of civil rights leader Julian Bond, Ralph Bunche, W. E. B. DuBois, Ralph Ellison, John Hope Franklin, Carl Holman, Zora Neale Hurston, Gordon Parks, James Baldwin, Jacob Lawrence, Claude MacKay and Augusta Savage.

Join award-winning director Aviva Kempner as she presents an excerpt of the work-in-progress for her latest project and a lively discussion about the film’s topic as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.  

Thursday, January 12, 2012
7:00-10:00 pm  

George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st Street, NW
Auditorium B-07
Washington DC 20052

The building is located at the corner of 21st and H Streets, NW in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood.  The closest Metro station is Foggy Bottom (on this Stationmasters Map, the building is noted as “Media & PA” in the center of the right side of the map.  Limited street parking is free after 6:30 pm and there is also a campus garage on H Street.