Event Details

DC Public Schools Interim Chancellor Alexander and American University School of Education Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy will host a film screening and panel discussion of Rosenwald: The Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African American Communities. This powerful documentary tells the life story of Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish businessman and philanthropist who partnered with Booker T. Washington to build more than 5,500 schools that served African-American children in the south from 1915 – 1952. Many Washingtonians know the impact of these schools on the lives of their parents and grandparents and the larger African-American community.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion that will feature:

  • Amanda Alexander, Interim Chancellor of DC Public Schools
  • Stephanie Deutsch, Author of You Need a Schoolhouse
  • Rev. Thomas L. Bowen, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs
  • Andrew Klingenstein, Education philanthropist
  • Aviva Kempner, Rosenwald Film Director
  • Debbi Jarvis, Former Vice President of Corporate Relations at Pepco

A catered reception will precede the film screening and panel discussion. Free parking garage access is available after 5 p.m. Please RSVP to attend and contact [email protected] with questions.


  • When: Tue Jul. 24
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Address: 4801 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest
    Washington DC,US 20016

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