“Do not be fooled into believing that because a man is rich he is necessarily smart. There is ample proof to the contrary.”
One of the most intriguing stories of transformational philanthropy from the 20th century centers on the South’s Rosenwald Schools. A new documentary tells the story of how Sears President Julius Rosenwald, influenced by the writings of Booker T. Washington, joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow era to build over 5,300 schools.
Today in Charlotte, documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner will attend film screenings on at Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5, with Q&A sessions at 1:10 PM and at 4:00 PM.
Rosenwald’s initiative to create schools throughout the American rural South, resulted in the education and progress of generations of Black Americans. His story can offer lessons for the field of philanthropy and philanthropists today. Being the philanthro-geek that I am, I cannot wait to see this film!