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Rosenwald: Price of Liberty Film Series with Dr. Leslie Wilson

March 23, 2016, 7:00 pm
SponsorMontclair Historical SocietyMore Information InCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Full details on the Montclair Historical Society Website

For the third year in a row, the Montclair Historical Society will host a film series focusing on Civil Rights and the African American experience with a historical perspective. Each program in The Price of Liberty Film Series consists of excerpts of the documentary plus lively discussion and Q&A with a humanities scholar. All programs take place at the Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Rosenwald Screening and Q&A with Dr. Leslie Wilson
On Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m., the film is "Rosenwald," a 2015 release. It details how philanthropist Julius Rosenwald partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 schools and YMCAs in African American communities in the early 1900s during the Jim Crow era.

Rosenwald offered to contribute $25,000 to communities that raised $75,000 for African-American branches of YMCAs. The YMCA on Washington Street, Montclair, now the site of Bullock School, was one of the recipients. Film provided by The National Center for Jewish Film.

Dr. Leslie Wilson of Montclair State University, hosts this program. Dr. Wilson is professor of History and Assistant to the Dean.

The other films in the series include:

  • "This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer," on April 20 at 7 pm hosted by Dr. Lillie Edwards, a Montclair resident and Drew University professor
  • "Freedom Summer," which was held Wednesday, February 24 at 7 pm also hosted by Dr. Lillie Edwards

About the organizers
The Montclair Historical Society is an independent not-for-profit organization that has been dedicated to preserving, sharing, and educating others about Montclair’s history since 1965. For additional information, please visit the website or contact the Montclair Historical Society at 973-744-1796 or

This film series is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.