2016 Press Releases

National Archives Hosts Program on Rosenwald Documentary February 4 at 7 p.m.
Press Release · Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Washington, DC

Film director Aviva Kempner and journalist A’Lelia Bundles will screen and discuss film

On Thursday, February 4, at 7 p.m., the National Archives presents a special screening and discussion of the documentary “Rosenwald: A Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African American Communities.” (2015; 100 minutes) Film director Aviva Kempner will be joined by author and journalist A'Lelia Bundles to discuss the film.

The program is free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution at 7th Street NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. Reservations are recommended and can be made online; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program.

“Rosenwald: A Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African American Communities” is the story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school but rose to become the president of Sears. Influenced by the writings of Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. Presented in collaboration with the National Archives’ Afro-American History Society.

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