If you have ever learned from the wisdom of Maya Angelou, thank Julius Rosenwald. If you’ve ever been brought to tears by the sound of Marian Anderson’s voice, thank Julius Rosenwald. If the work of W.E.B. DuBois or Langston Hughes or Gordon Parks or James Baldwin has ever moved you and given you a new perspective on American society, well, you should thank Julius Rosenwald.
The son of a German peddler turned captain of industry turned ardent philanthropist, Julius Rosenwald is the subject of the new documentary “Rosenwald,” directed by Aviva Kempner, who also helmed “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg” and “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg,” about early TV sensation Gertrude Berg.