Series/Themes: Documentary, Historical Themes, Jewish and Israeli Voices, Political and Social Issues
Film Year: 2015
Film Length: 100 min.
Director: Aviva Kempner
Featuring: Maya Angelou, Peter Ascoli, Julian Bond, Rita Dove, Rep. Danny Davis, Clarence Page
Director Aviva Kempner examines the often-overlooked philanthropy and civil rights activism of Julius Rosenwald, the former president of Sears. Inspired by the Jewish values of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), Rosenwald would go on to build more than 5,300 schools in the Jim Crow South and award grants to some of the most well-known African-American intellectuals and artists. With interviews featuring Maya Angelou, Julian Bond, and Rita Dove, this engaging documentary recognizes one of the unsung heroes of Jewish-American history and his commitment to social activism. Discussion with director Aviva Kempner, Rita Dove (U.Va.), Pamela Horowitz, and moderator Deborah McDowell (U.Va.) in tribute to Julian Bond
Supported by Congregation Beth Israel and U.Va. Office for Diversity and Equity
UVA : Newcomb Hall Theater