In the early 20th century, Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald collaborated to construct more than 5.000 schools for black children in the American South, including Upstate South Carolina. Among those who attended Rosenwald schools were Congressman John Lewis, Oprah Winfrey, Julian Bond, Spike Lee, and Maya Angelou. This important but little-known story has been made into a documentary, Rosenwald. The Calhoun Honors College, Call Me Mister Program and the Office of Inclusion and Equity are sponsoring a showing of Rosenwald on Monday, February 20 at 7 p.m. in the Self Auditorium of the Strom Thurmond Institute. The film will be followed by a discussion with:
Peter Ascoli: Historian and Mr. Rosenwald’s grandson. Author of Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck and Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South
Aretta Jenkins: Oral Historian, Co-Author of Call Me MiSTER: The Re-Emergence of African American Male Teachers in South Carolina
Rev. William E. Cureton: President, Seneca River Missionary Baptist Association who attended the Shiloh (Queensdale) Elementary (Rosenwald) School
Keith Wilkes, a Social Studies teacher at West-Oak Middle School in Westminster, who was among the first children to integrate Westminster elementary school and whose parents attended Pleasant Hill (Rosenwald) School.
Now more than ever, collaborations are needed to find solutions to community problems. We hope you will attend this event and encourage your students to do so as well.
Monday, February 20 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Strom Thurmond Institute, Self Auditorium
230 Kappa St., Clemson, SC 29634, USA