Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) was an unusual man. The son of a Jewish immigrant He rose to become one of Chicago's most successful business men and most generous philanthropist. Rosenwald is credited with building Sears, Roebuck and Company into a retail giant, but for millions of African-Americans he is remembered for the establishment of the Rosenwald Fund which has provided millions of dollars to support the education of African Americans, among other worthy causes, and to encourage leadership through the arts. In honor of Black History Month, Chicago's Spertus Museum is featuring a special exhibit: A Force for Change African American Art and the Julius Rosenwald Fund. This is the first exhibit to explore the legacy of the Fund:
From 1928 to 1948, the Fund awarded stipends to hundreds of prominent and emerging African Americans artists, writers, and scholars across such disciplines as history, sociology, literature, and the visual and performing arts. A Force for Change will present the artistic and scholarly products of Julius Rosenwald’s support, and will include more than sixty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by twenty-two Rosenwald fellows, as well as a selection of documentary and archival materials.
A new set of links to more information on Julius Rosenwald has been added and the CHOLibrary is featuring Carl Sandburg's interview with Rosenwald that was included in Chicago Race Riots, July 1919.