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Movies at McKinley: Rosenwald, a documentary

Categories: Church,Community

Julius Rosenwald with students from a Rosenwald school. Photo courtesy Fisk University, John Hope and Aurelia R. Franklin Library, Special CollectionsThe McKinley Foundation is thrilled to bring Rosenwald to the Champaign-Urbana community. Julius Rosenwald never finished high school, but he rose to become the 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.

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 $62 million in his lifetime.

  • When: Fri., October 8 (2 to 4 p.m.); Sun., October 17 (7 to 9 p.m.)
  • Where: McKinley Foundation Living Room (1st floor)
  • Admission: Freewill donations are appreciated. Light refreshments will be provided, and the screening will be followed by discussion.