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Establishing the Rosenwald Schools: The Partnership of Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington

Aviva Kempner's film, Rosenwald, tells the incredible story of how philanthropist and president of Sears, Roebuck Julius Rosenwald partnered with Booker T. Washington, educator, author and orator, in establishing over 5,000 schools for African Americans in the Jim Crow South. Between 1917 and 1932, the Rosenwald Schools exclusively served more than 700,000 black children over four decades, thereby shaping the educational and economic future of an entire generation of African American families. Aviva will share with us what it was like to bring this remarkable story to the screen and show some bonus material from the film.

Washington, DC based filmmaker Aviva Kempner has been making award-winning documentaries about underknown Jewish heroes for 44 years. Her latest film, A Pocketful of Miracles: A Tale of Two Siblings, chronicles the heroism of the two Ciesla Foundation namesakes, her mother Helen Ciesla Covensky and uncle David Chase—siblings who survived the Holocaust separately and managed to reunite after the war. Her previous film, Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting, which she co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced, documents the movement to remove Native American names, logos, and mascots from the world of sports.
Other films include The Spy Behind Home Plate about baseball player and OSS spy Moe Berg, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, about Gertrude Berg who created the first television sitcom, and Peabody-awarded The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, about the Hall Famer slugger who faced anti-Semitism during the ‘30s. Kempner also produced the award-winning film Partisans of Vilna, about Jews fighting the Nazis.

Kempner is currently making Pissed Off, a documentary short exploring the struggles faced by female lawmakers in Congress who advocated for potty parity in the United States Capitol.

Host Village: Northwest Neighbors Village
Limited to 100.
Registration is required by 9/13/23
Zoom link will be sent to registrants.
Thursday, September 14, 2023, 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
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