Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is 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, his philanthropy and social activism are not well known today.
After the film, MNCPPC’s Black History Program Manager Dr. Dennis Doster will speak about the Ridgeley Rosenwald School in Capitol Heights, which was restored in 2011 and opened as a museum. He will welcome questions as well as share his research about Maryland African American history.
The film begins at 7 p.m. either live in the New Deal Café or via Zoom. The Cafe uses a UV light filtration system that kills viruses. You are asked to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination for live viewing of the film in the cafe. Come enjoy the new wide-screen film projection system. Registration for virtual viewing via Zoom is required – please use this link: tinyurl.com/ReelnMealApr18
Greenbelt’s Co-op Grocery will again offer a vegan meal for $7.99. Phone in your pre-order to 301-474-0522 by 1 p.m. on Monday, April 18, for pick-up between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the deli. Depending on demand, there may be dinners on a walk-in basis, if not pre-ordered.
The Reel and Meal at the New Deal is a monthly film series focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues, presented by the Utopia Film Festival and the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition. This month’s film is sponsored by the Greenbelt Bahá’í Community. For more information, see the Reel and Meal Facebook page or contact Joy at 301-801-2071.