The latest film by Aviva Kempner (The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) tells the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler, who never finished high school but rose to become President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of 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. Rosenwald’s beneficiaries included Marian Anderson, James Baldwin, W.E.B. DuBois, Katherine Dunham, Ralph Ellison and Langston Hughes, and several attendees of Rosenwald schools are interviewed here, including Maya Angelou, playwright George Wolfe and U.S. Representative John Lewis. Writer/Producer/Director: Aviva Kempner. (US 2015) 96 min.

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