March 26 @ 6:00pm- Board Meeting. All are invited to attend. New Members are welcome.
March 26 @ 6:00pm- Board Meeting. All are invited to attend. New Members are welcome.
Remembering Julius Rosenwald
(August 12, 1862 – January 6, 1932)
The death of Julius Rosenwald on January 6, 1932, was front page news for the New York Times, the Chicago Daily Tribune, and numerous other newspapers across the country.
Following his death, President Herbert Hoover issued a statement saying Rosenwald's passing "deprives the country of an outstanding citizen." Walter White, then-Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said, "No name is more revered and deeply loved by American Negroes than that of Julius Rosenwald, and I know of no one whose passing is more deeply mourned." The sociologist, writer, and Civil Rights activist W.E.B. DuBois wrote that Rosenwald “was a great man. But he was no mere philanthropist. He was, rather, the subtle stinging critic of our racial democracy.”
Rosenwald amassed great wealth as leader of Sears, Roebuck & Company. However, it was his fundamental philosophy that there is a point where the continued acquisition of money becomes a vice. He dedicated his life and fortune to helping others, with a special focus on the education of African Americans.
Rosenwald believed in "giving while you live" and was opposed to attaching his name to buildings. He did not believe in perpetual endowments and designed his foundation to close down within 25 years of his death. Consequently, Rosenwald and his innovative and enduring contributions were largely forgotten over time.
Key among those contributions were the 5,357 Rosenwald School facilities in 15 states that Rosenwald helped fund through "challenge grants” between 1912 and 1932. The schools educated nearly one-third of African Americans in the South, prior to the Brown v. Board of Education decision desegregating public schools. Maya Angelou, Congressman John Lewis, and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson attended Rosenwald Schools, which helped them and so many others "make a way out of no way."
In addition to Rosenwald Schools, Rosenwald created a fellowship program that assisted almost 900 people, most of them early in their careers and two-thirds of whom were Black, including diplomat Ralph Bunche, poet Langston Hughes, singer Marian Anderson, and historian and educator Dr. John Hope Franklin. He also employed challenge grants to help build YMCAs for Blacks in 24 cities. He contributed to the NAACP, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and a number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and helped fund Jane Addams’ Hull House and numerous Jewish causes. He also made the entire founding donation for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
The Rosenwald Park Campaign is working to preserve Rosenwald's legacy through a Julius Rosenwald & Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park with a visitor center in Chicago and a small number of Rosenwald Schools. The Park will be the first of the more than 400 specially designated National Park units to commemorate the life and legacy of a Jewish American.
The early 1900s were a time of virulent racism and segregation. By commemorating the legacy of Julius Rosenwald, we also remind ourselves that Jews worked closely with Blacks at the forefront of the civil rights movement to effect real change. At this time of division, unrest, and increased awareness of past and ongoing racism, it is important to create a National Park honoring Rosenwald and the schools that provided the first quality education available to African Americans in the South.
Now, more than ever, the life of Julius Rosenwald demonstrates again how we, as a nation, can overcome the differences among us by helping those in need and, in the process, improve the lives of all Americans. Today, on the 89th anniversary of Rosenwald’s death, it is especially important to his legacy that we rededicate ourselves to forming the “more perfect union.”
Photos of vintage copies of the January 7, 1932, issues of the two newspapers purchased by the Campaign to add to its growing collection of memorabilia that will ultimately be donated to the Julius Rosenwald & Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park.
Dr. James H. Bowles was an accomplished physician, long time community leader, advocate for education, and led many actions in Goochland County to enhance the life of all. He died at the age of 97 on January 17, 2019. As an Emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the Second Union Rosenwald School Museum, Dr. Bowles helped guide the restoration of the School as well as the establishment of the Museum. The Museum is open to the public and works closely with the Goochland County Schools to provide educational opportunities for its students. Dr. Bowles’s last public appearance was at the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Second Union School, where Kenneth Morris (relative of both Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington ) was the keynote speaker.
Our Scholarship Awards are dedicated to the memory of Dr. James H. Bowles. Through our scholarship awards program, Second Union Rosenwald School Museum is committed to expanding access to educational opportunities for graduating Goochland High School students. Each year, we award two (2) scholarships after review of submitted applications. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a student accepted at an accredited four-year college/university and a $250 scholarship will be awarded to a student accepted at an accredited two-year community college.
John Quincy Adams stated, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” A great, yet humble man, Dr. Bowles leaves an inspirational legacy. He was a true leader who will be missed!
Dr. James H. Bowles, SURMS Board Member Emeritus
Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. – Walks in the Shoes of his Great Ancestors
Founder & President
The guest speaker at the Centennial celebration of Second Union School was Kenneth Morris, Jr.
Mr. Morris descends from two of the most important names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington.
Becoming a surgeon has been a passion of mine since the start of high school. As I have
continued taking classes throughout high school, I have found that the higher level,
Advanced Placement classes have intrigued me the most. I find myself yearning for the
challenges and critical thinking courses such that calculus offers. Mr. Barry Smith, AP
Calculus AB/BC teacher, has encouraged me for the last two years to push myself out of
my comfort zone by practicing working hard, visualizing failure and taking strides to
learn from it, and developing a strong purpose. Mrs. Shelton-Eide and Mrs. Tolson, Fine
Arts teachers, have inspired me to always take chances and understand that humanity
has a common ground. Be a motivator and bring all walks of life together - collaborate
and communicate in order to reach a goal as a team.
I am attending the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia this fall.
On average, I go through approximately ten pairs of shoes in a year. I never realized this till my father
questioned, "Son, how do you wear down your shoes so darn fast?" It occurred to me the reason I worked
through shoes so fast is because of my commitment to being a leader. Since the beginning of my Freshman year,
I have split my time between Theater, Robotics. Student Government, and Advanced Placement Classes.
Needless to say, this constant movement has put a strain on mv footwear. I believe that the greatest goal I could
have after high school is to continue to deteriorate my shoes and to demonstrate leadership in my community,
I hope to continue achieving leadership in my occupation field. I will be studying Mechanical Engineering at Liberty University.
Since 2013, Emmy has been serving her community with volunteer efforts from serving food to the homeless and needy children to landscaping at a national park. She also designed and sold T-shirts as a cancer fundraiser. In the fall of 2019, she plans to attend Virginia Tech and major in Fashion Merchandising and Design!
Hannah has been active in her community by serving as an assistant softball coach as well as caring for infants and aiding in other areas. In the fall of 2019, she plans to attend Liberty University and major in Elementary Education. Her goal is to teach in Goochland!