"Rosenwald" a film by Aviva Kempner | Presented by ULCC Archives Subcommittee

  • 04/24/2019
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

The Archives Subcommittee is proud to present a special screening of the film “Rosenwald,” to honor the legacy of ULCC member, Julius Rosenwald. Joining us will be Rosenwald's grandson, Peter Ascoli who will be available to answer questions after the film and sign copies of his book "Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck and Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South."

Aviva Kempner’s film tells the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. 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 racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s philanthropy and social activism are not well known today. He gave away $62million in his lifetime.

The reception with book sales starts at 5:30 pm followed by the screening at 6:00 pm. The film runs 96 minutes with a Q&A session after the film. The price is $25 per person for non-members. Reservations and/or tickets are required. Please note that for this event, the Union League Club of Chicago has a "business casual"dress code which does not allow dress denim, t-shirts or athletic wear. Please share the dress code with your guests. Call Club Services if you have any questions. 800-443-0578.

Film provided by The National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org

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