By Susan King, Los Angeles Times (TNS)
Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), Julius Rosenwald partnered with African-American communities to fund some 5,300 schools for African American children in the Jim Crow-era South.
The Rosenwald Fund also gave fellowships during the Depression to such noted African-American artists as Marian Anderson, Ralph Bunche, Ralph Ellison, Gordon Parks and James Baldwin to bolster their careers.
The documentary Rosenwald chronicles how the longtime president of Sears — who never graduated from high school — became one of the leading philanthropists of his time.
Aviva Kempner, the writer, director and producer of Rosenwald, had never heard of his accomplishments until 12 years ago when she was vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard.…