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A Better Life for Their Children – VIRTUAL ONLY

Date: February 8, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Zoom Lecture

Born to Jewish immigrants, Julius Rosenwald rose to lead Sears, Roebuck & Company and turn 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 in building public schools for African American children. This watershed moment in the history of philanthropy — one of the earliest collaborations between Jews and African Americans — drove dramatic improvement in African American educational attainment and educated the generation who became the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement.

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 has long been active in civic life. He has helped create over a dozen community initiatives, serves on multiple not-for-profit boards, and is an active advisor to numerous elected officials and political candidates. His art is an extension of his civic values. Feiler’s photographs have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, Architect, Preservation, The Forward as well as on CBS This Morning and NPR. More of his work can be seen at