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Aviva Kempner, '76's Rosenwald Film Featured in W. Post

Tuesday, September 1, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Screenshot of Eugene Robinson from Rosenwald documentary

Documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner, '76's new film "Rosenwald" and its fascinating historical subject matter - the collaboration between the Sears & Roebuck executive and Booker T. Washington to build more than 5,000 schools for southern Blacks - were featured in a front page Washington Post Style Section article on Monday, August 31st.  The Post's and MSNBC's Eugene Robinson, an alumnus of a Rosenwald School, was one of those interviewed. Read the story and watch the Robinson clip from the Washington Post.

Aviva Kempner’s ROSENWALD Schedule of Guest Speakers Sep 4-10 at the AVALON in DC

Saturday, September 5, 8:00pm

Introduction and post-film Q&A with Aviva Kempner, director of ROSENWALD.

Please donate books! In the spirit of the 5,000 Rosenwald schools that were built, the Ciesla Foundation is asking that you bring new children’s books to The Avalon. Everybody Wins! - a local nonprofit devoted to children’s literacy - will collect the books and disperse them to needy students participating in their program. Your donation will help spark a lifelong love of learning and reading.

Part of Temple Sinai’s Selichot celebration.

Monday, September 7, 5:15pm

Introduction and post-film Q&A with Aviva Kempner, director of ROSENWALD, Cokie Roberts and David Stern

Cokie Roberts is a contributor to NPR and a political commentator for ABC News. She has won countless broadcasting awards, including three Emmys. She is also the author of Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation and Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868. She appears in the film as an interviewee.

David Stern is Julius Rosenwald’s Great-Grandson.

Monday, September 7, 8:00pm

Introduction and post-film Q&A with Aviva Kempner, director of ROSENWALD.

Tuesday, September 8, 8:00pm

Introduction and post-film Q&A with Aviva Kempner, director of ROSENWALD, Charlene Drew Jarvis and A’Leilia Bundles.

Charlene Drew Jarvis Jarvis was a research scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health from 1965-1978. The following year, Jarvis was elected to the City Council of the District of Columbia, where she served for twenty-one years. In 1996, Jarvis was named president of Southeastern Univer- sity in Washington, D.C., the first woman to hold the position. She appears in the film as an inter- viewee.

A’Leilia Bundles was a network television news executive and producer for thirty years at NBC News and ABC News, where she was Washington, DC deputy bureau chief. She currently is chairman of the board of the National Archives Foundation. She is at work on her fourth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, a biography of her great-grandmother. She appears in the film as an interviewee.

Contact info for Aviva: 

 Aviva Kempner

The Ciesla Foundation
5005 Linnean Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Home/Office: 202-244-1347

Cell: 202-361-6735


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