The River Road African American Museum will preview of Aviva Kempner’s documentary film, “The Rosenwald Schools” on June 2 at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge.
The documentary chronicles the story of philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of German-Jewish immigrants and president of Sears, Roebuck & Co., and his relationship with Booker T. Washington, one of America’s most famous black educators during the 19th and 20th centuries. In a community partnership, the men collaborated to build more than 5,300 schools in 15 southern states between 1912 and 1934, said RRAAM Executive Director Kathe Hambrick Jackson.
For many African Americans, this was the first chance at a formal education, she said. The museum owns a Rosenwald Schoolhouse.
Retired LSU professor Thomas J. Durant will lead a discussion at 7 p.m. about the lasting social impact of the Rosenwald Schools and their relevance in enhancing our schools and communities today, Jackson said. The program is free.
Take flight with reading
Summer reading is not just for kids, and the Ascension Parish Library is encouraging adults to read through its Booklover’s Summer Reading program.
From May 21 through July 31, readers will receive an Ascension Parish Library tote bag, while supplies last, with the submittal of their first entry form for reading or listening to three books.
Readers also will be eligible to win the “Birding by the Book” grand prize, featuring a John James Audubon bird and botanical art print custom-framed by Marchand’s Interior and Hardware of Gonzales. The prize also includes a copy of “National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region”; a pair of Bushnell Falcon series binoculars with case for bird watching; and other birding accessories. One Birding by the Book prize will be awarded at each library location on Aug. 3. Only one prize per person.
For details on how to enter, visit www.myapl.org, drop by any library location for an entry form, or call Gonzales at (225) 647-3955, Galvez at (225) 622-3339, Donaldsonville at (225) 473-8052, or Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699.
A field day for veggies
The LSU AgCenter and Ascension Master Gardeners will host a Vegetable Garden Field Day at 5:30 p.m. June 11 at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales.
Activities will include discussions on tomato, bell pepper and cucumber varieties planted in the demonstration gardens, insect issues and controls, and disease issues and controls. Winners of the 2015 4-H Youth and Adult Garden Contest will also be announced.
A biggest tomato contest has been added to this year’s field day. Anyone wishing to enter should bring their biggest tomato to the field day for a weigh-in.
Anyone planning to attend should call the Parish Extension Office at (225) 621-5799 by June 10.