Hosted by The Detroit Jewish Book Fair
Join Andrew Feiler for a discussion of his new book of photography, history, and stories, A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America.
About A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America (Click here to purchase)
In 1912, Julius Rosenwald (CEO of Sears, Roebuck & Company) and Booker T. Washington (principal of the Tuskegee Institute), launched an ambitious program to partner with black communities across the segregated South to build public schools for African American children. To tell the story of these schools visually, Andrew Feiler drove more than twenty-five thousand miles, photographed 105 schools, and interviewed dozens of former students, teachers, preservationists, and community leaders in all fifteen States. A Better Life for their Children includes eighty-five duotone images that capture interiors and exteriors, schools restored and yet-to-be restored, and portraits of people with unique, compelling connections to these schools. Brief narratives written by Feiler accompany each photograph, telling the stories of Rosenwald schools’ connections to the Trail of Tears, the Great Migration, the Tuskegee Airmen, Brown v. Board of Education, embezzlement, murder, and more.