Rosenwald: An Aviva Kempner Film


Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College • 7300 College Street, Irmo, SC 29063

Rediscover how Richland County became home to African American schools through the historic partnership of Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington.

Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school but rose to become the President of Sears & Roebuck. Influenced by the writings of the educator 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.

Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), and a deep concern over radical inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists.