On Monday, July 20, Rosenwald was screened privately at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. The screening was sponsored by Humanity in Action, an international education organization dedicated to promoting global human rights, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, an Atlanta-based museum that connects the American Civil Rights movement to today’s global human rights movements.
Prior to the screening, there was a reception for the attendees, many of whom were members of Julian Bond’s family including his son, Michael Julian Bond, the Atlanta City Councilman. Bond, the American social activist, politician and professor, inspired the making of Rosenwald. Afterwards the film was shown, there was a Q&A session with Aviva Kempner, the director of the documentary.
The John Lewis Fellows, a fellowship program jointly sponsored by the Center for Civil and Human Rights and Humanity in Action, were present at the screening. The fellowship is named for Georgia congressman John Lewis, who has dedicated his life to the protection of human rights and civil liberties. Representative Lewis is featured in Rosenwald, having attended a Rosenwald school in his youth.
Also in attendance at the screening was Jeanne Cyriaque, the African American Programs Coordinator for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Eleanor Kinlaw-Ross, director of The Heritage Project. Ms. Cyriaque is spearheading an effort to preserve and restore existing Rosenwald schools, and Ms. Kinlaw-Ross is a historian committed to the preservation of African American history.
Coincidentally, the chief creative officer of the NCCHR Museum, which hosted the Rosenwald screening, is George C. Wolfe, an American playwright and director whose mother was a principal of a Rosenwald school, and the music accompanying the exhibits was composed by Brooklyn-based artist Zane Mark, who composed the music for Rosenwald, making everyone associated with Rosenwald feel at home in Atlanta.