Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film
The Rosenwald Schools
Dir:Aviva Kempner /Work-in-Progress/US/English
*Special Sneak Preview Screening
The Rosenwald Schools is a documentary (in final production phase) on businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald who joined with African American communities in the south to build schools during the early part of the 20th century. Rosenwald, the son of German-Jewish immigrants, rose to become one of the wealthiest men in America. Influenced by the social gospel espoused by Rabbi Emil Hirsch of Chicago Sinai Congregation, he gave away $63 million to various causes, which in today’s dollars is more than ten times that amount. Influenced by Booker T. Washington, Rosenwald spurred the establishment of 25 YMCA-YWCAs to serve African Americans in cities across the U.S. and created a challenge grant program, seeded for the creation of more than 5,500 schools for poor, rural African American children. From 1915 to 1932, 660,000 rural southern African American students benefited from this initiative. 800 Rosenwald Schools were built in North Carolina.
** This is a special preview event featuring film director, Aviva Kempner and co-sponsored by Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, Center for the Study of the American South at UNC, and the UNC African and African American Studies Department