March 21, 2022 - “Two Friends, the Rosenwald Schools, and the Creation of a Book and a Symphony”


Andrew Feiler & Doug Hooker “Two Friends, the Rosenwald Schools, and the Creation of a Book and a Symphony”

Rotary Club of Atlanta is thrilled to welcome author Andrew Feiler and Fellow Rotarian Doug Hooker to discuss Feiler’s chronicling the history of the Rosenwald Schools, Feiler and Hooker’s special decades-long friendship, and how the story of the Rosenwald Schools story led Hooker to create “Without Regard To Sex, Race or Color”, his symphony that debuted last month.

The Rosenwald Schools were created by Sears, Roebuck & Company president Julius Rosenwald and African American educator and Tuskegee Institute founder Booker T. Washington. In 1912 the two men launched an ambitious program to partner with black communities across the segregated South to build public schools for African American children.

Of the original 4,978 Rosenwald schools, about five hundred survive. Feiler’s book, A Better Life for Their Children, is the first comprehensive photographic account of the program, Feiler drove more than 25,000 miles and photographed 105 schools in all fifteen of the program states.

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