A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America
In one of the earliest collaborations between Jews and African Americans, Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington launched an ambitious program to build public schools for African American children in the segregated south. The 4,978 Rosenwald schools dramatically improved education and nurtured a generation of civil rights activists, the late Congressman John Lewis among them.
Award-winning photographer and author Andrew Feiler, born Jewish in Savannah, drove 25,000 miles, photographed 105 schools, and interviewed dozens of former students, teachers, and preservationists to tell the fascinating story of the Rosenwald schools.
The evening will be moderated by Jed Selkowitz, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of Americares, JCC Board Member.
Member FREE / Community $10
Click HERE to register.
Author Andrew Feiler is a fifth-generation Georgian. Having grown up Jewish in Savannah, he has been shaped by the rich complexities of the American South. Andrew, long active in civic life, created community initiatives, serves on multiple not-for-profit boards, and is an active advisor to political leaders. His art is an extension of his civic values.
Julius Rosenwald, born to immigrant parents, rose to lead Sears, Roebuck & Company and turned it into the world’s largest retailer. Born into slavery, Booker T. Washington became the founding principal of Tuskegee Institute. In 1912, the two men launched an ambitious program to partner with Black communities across the segregated South to build public schools for African American children. One of the earliest collaborations between Jews and African Americans, this initiative drove dramatic improvement in African American educational attainment and fostered the generation who became the foot soldiers of the civil rights movement.
Of the original 4,978 Rosenwald schools built between 1912 and 1937 across fifteen states, only about 500 survive. To tell this story visually, Andrew Feiler drove 25,000 miles, photographed 105 schools, and interviewed dozens of former students, teachers, and preservationists. The book’s foreword is by Congressman John Lewis, a Rosenwald school alum.
A Better Life for Their Children includes eighty-five duotone images that capture interiors and exteriors, schools restored and yet-to-be restored, and portraits of people with unique, compelling connections to these schools. Brief narratives written by Feiler accompany each photograph, telling the stories of Rosenwald schools’ connections to the Trail of Tears, the Great Migration, the Tuskegee Airmen, Brown v. Board of Education, embezzlement, murder, and more.
PURCHASE & GET 30% OFF A Better Life for Their Children!
Scan QR code with your smartphone or buy online at www.ugapress.org and enter promotional code 08BTRLIFE at checkout.
To order by phone, call 1.800.848.6224 or 1.919.966.7449 and give the customer service representative the promotional code.
Sponsored by JSAC.