Magnolia at the Modern

  • October 2, 2015 - 6:00pm
  • October 2, 2015 - 8:00pm
  • October 3, 2015 - 5:00pm
  • October 4, 2015 - 12:00pm
  • October 4, 2015 - 2:00pm
  • October 4, 2015 - 4:00pm

Friday 6 and 8 pm; Saturday 5 pm; Sunday noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm

Aviva Kempner's documentary recounts the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school but rose to become the president of Sears and amassed a vast fortune. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. His foundation awarded fellowship grants to a who's who of African American intellectuals and artists, including Marian Anderson, James Baldwin, the father and uncle of civil rights leader Julian Bond, Ralph Bunche, W. E. B. Du Bois, Katherine Dunham, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Gordon Parks, Jacob Lawrence, Augusta Savage, and Woody Guthrie.

100 minutes


Magnolia at the Modern is an ongoing series featuring critically acclaimed films. Tickets are $9; $7 for Modern members; $6 for Reel People. The Sunday noon show time is half price. Advance sales begin two hours prior to each show.