Who Advanced the Cause of Education for African Americans in the Jim Crow South in Collaboration with Booker T. Washington?

Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald was a Jewish philanthropist who 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.

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 - $850 million in today's currency.

Rosenwald, the documentary film directed, written and produced by filmmaker Aviva Kempner, sheds light on this silent partner of the Pre-Civil Rights Movement. Rosenwald awarded fellowship grants to a who's who of African American intellectuals and artists including: Marian Anderson, James Baldwin, Julian Bond's father Horace Mann Bond, Ralph Bunche, W. E. B. Du Bois, Katherine Dunham, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Gordon Parks, Jacob Lawrence and Augusta Savage. 

A list of prominent alumni and educators who attended the Rosenwald Schools includes: Tony Award winning playwright George Wolfe, poet Maya Angelou, U.S. Representative John Lewis, Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson and relatives of Loretta Lynch (US Attorney General) and Anita Hill.

Samples of the 39 extras in the Rosenwald DVD package:

  • Augusta Savage: A legend in African American art history - A campaign has started to recreate her famous sculpture, "The Harp" which appeared at the 1939 New York World's Fair and was destroyed at the Fair's end.
  • Rosenwald and the NAACP: An example of positive relations between the African American and Jewish communities.
  • Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Du Bois
  • Julian Bond and Voting Rights in Washington DC
  • Legacy of Black Architects at Tuskegee


"I was most impressed hearing how Rosenwald partnered with educator Booker T. Washington and African-American communities in the South to build over 5,000 schools to improve the very meager education provided in the early 20th century Jim Crow South," says Aviva Kempner.

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A Guide For Future Undergrads

By Shalini Madhav 

Choosing a good undergraduate program can be a difficult task for you. In this article, you will know some important factors that you should take into account for choosing your bachelor degree without any problem.

Selection of an institution

First of all, you need to choose a good institute. You should not underestimate the importance of getting your degree from one of the best schools or universities. What you need to do is make sure that the institute you are going to choose is renowned for its services. However, keep in mind that even the top university may have its weaknesses.

Consider the alumni network

Your school or university will be more than that. It will be a strong alumni network for you. When considering different universities, we suggest that you also take into account its alumni network. Not all of the alumni networks offer the same level of efficiency. As a matter of fact, the alumni network of a small institution will be more efficient.

Your career

Make sure that the study program you choose will help you make a career in your desired field. Nowadays, companies expect that young graduates should be knowledgeable, operational and adaptable. You need to be able to understand the complexities of the world of business. Moreover, you should be able to change according to the changes in the organization you are working in.

Employment statistics

You should go for a program that won't close the doors for you down the road. It may be fascinating to study some subjects. But do you really want to study a certain topic for three years despite knowing that it won't take you far enough in the field? Did you look at the employment statistics for the degree holders of that subject? Nowadays, employers look at the relevance between the qualifications of the candidates and the jobs they are offering.

International university

Did you do your research to find out if the university you are considering offers scholarships for students to study abroad? Learning is more fun if you study in a university where students from various cultures sit together in the same room.

Content matters

Do you know the content that you will get? Often, students don't give much importance to the teaching style of teachers in the universities. Some schools and universities are known for their research; however, their teaching style is not so great. As a result, students that come from a different culture find it hard to follow the teaching style. So, make sure you understand this point ahead of the time.

There is no doubt that choosing a study program involves a series of personal choices like studying in a cosmopolitan city or getting a scholarship, just to name a few. At the end of the day, what matters is that the institute must be a combo of personal and rational elements. However, you should keep in mind that if you choose the right undergraduate degree, it will be the best investment of your life and you will get the highest return on this investment. Therefore, we suggest that you consider the factors given in this article before choosing to study in a certain university.

Have you been looking for a list of bachelors degree programs? If so, we suggest that you check out this educational website.

Good Luck 2018 Graduates!

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HBCU Students Compete for $50,000+ Scholarships at the 2018 HBCU Battle of the Brains™ "hackathon" – March 9-10, 2018

The Home Depot Secures 2018 HBCU Battle of the Brains Title Sponsorship

The National Black MBA Association – Austin Chapter announces Friday, March 9 – Saturday, March 10, 2018, as the 2nd Annual HBCU Battle of the Brains (HBCUBOTBrains) competition. It also announces The Home Depot as the 2018 HBCUBOTBrains title sponsor.

Several dozen teams of the top STEM and Business students of Historically Black University and Colleges (HBCUs) will come to Austin this spring to spar for college scholarships and bragging rights in the HBCUBOTBrains hackathon-style event. These teams will take a business case and in 24-hours, provide a panel of industry leaders comprehensive strategies, go-to-market plans and technology solutions for a chance to win some of the $50,000+ in college scholarships.

The Home Depot title sponsorship helps with college scholarship awards, travel stipends for several teams and provides partnering in the competition business case development and judging. The HBCUBOTBrains competition will take place at The Home Depot Austin Technology Center.

The 2018 HBCU Battle of the Brains Team Registration is open through 11:59 pm Central Time on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

In 2017, the inaugural competition drew seven teams from HBCUs across the country and crowned Paul Quinn College as the HBCUBOTBrains first winner. "We are extremely excited about our next competition. With the addition of our title sponsor, The Home Depot, we anticipate seeing a significant increase in the number of teams from last year's inaugural event," said Gregory Gibson Jr., Founder and Executive Director, HBCU Battle of the Brains. "We purposely time the HBCUBOTBrains competition in March to provide the unique opportunity to engage some of the best and brightest among HBCU students with employers around the global icons convergence of the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festival."

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