This documentary by filmmaker Aviva Kempner reveals how Rosenwald was inspired by Booker T. Washington to build more than 5,000 schools for African Americans living in the South during the 1900s.
In a letter on the Sunshine Cinema website, Kempner writes that she decided to make a film about Rosenwald's life after hearing civil rights activist Julian Bond speak about him and the relationship between Blacks and Jews. She goes on to say that the release of the film is timely in light of the current racial climate in our country.
"Rosenwald is being released just as we need to confront and cure the dysfunctional racism in our land. It’s time we re-work the fabric of America; remove the racist policies and practices that exist and instill some humanity. Our country needs to be washed clean of the hate. Let us collectively view this story of Julius Rosenwald, who heard the call for change one hundred years ago, and walk out of the theater motivated to act," Kempner writes.