Rosenwald: The Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African American Communities

March 12, 2018 @ 5:45 pm

5:45 film and conversation with Peter Ascoli in the Social Hall

Valet Parking Provided, Friends and Families Welcome.

The Selfhelp Home is thrilled to present Peter Ascoli, biographer and grandson of Sears co-founder and philanthropist, Julius Rosenwald, discussing the award-winning documentary  Rosenwald:  The Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African American Communities, by Aviva Kempner.

The film is based on Peter’s biography of his grandfather, and chronicles Julius Rosenwald’s partnership with Tuskegee’s Booker T. Washington to quietly finance more than 5,000 schools for African Americans in the rural South. The effort has been called the most important initiative to advance black education in the early 20th century.

Peter will provide commentary throughout the evening, as we view scenes from the film documenting the extraordinary partnership between Rosenwald, the son of German immigrants and one of the nation’s most prominent entrepreneurs.  In addition to leading Sears Roebuck, Rosenwald founded the Museum of Science and Industry and funded numerous good works.  Deeply influenced by progressives like Jane Adams, Grace Abbott, Paul J. Sachs, and the Reform Judaism of Emil Hirsch and Julian Mack,  Rosenwald personified Tikkun Olam in its truest sense.