Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington:
How Their Investment in People
Led from Tragedy to Triumph
Top photo: "In the North the African-American had More Educational Opportunities" by Jacob Lawrence, 1940 - 1941. Panel 58 from the Migration Series. A Force for Change.
Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald shared a common understanding of the power of investing in people.
Inspired by Washington’s vision and their unique partnership, Rosenwald’s philanthropic work became a major contributor to ending the tragedy of segregation in the Jim Crow South and in the triumph of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.
Rosenwald's unprecedented philanthropy, providing education to hundreds of thousands of African-American children and supporting African-American artists, scientists, and scholars, helped generations of leaders across all aspects of society who changed American culture and history.