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"This guide helps you find the answers to such questions as: *How can I find out whether there were Rosenwald schools in my area? *How can I tell whether a certain building was a Rosenwald school? *How can I get support for my preservation efforts? *What organizations should I contact in order to connect with the larger Rosenwald school preservation movement? It includes practical tips for researching Rosenwald schools, doing effective oral history interviews, and raising funds for Rosenwald school projects." -- Back cover
Young Ovella rejoices as her community comes together to raise money and build a much-needed school in the 1920s, with matching funds from the president of Sears, Roebuck, and Company and support from Professor James of the Normal School.
Prologue, May 1911 -- "No white man -- could do better" -- Peddler's son -- A lucky chance, a daunting task -- "You need a schoolhouse" -- An American citizen -- Lunch at the Blackstone -- Between Chicago and Tuskegee -- Swing low, sweet chariot -- A school in every county -- Rosenwald and Main: sweet home -- Epilogue, May 2011
Discusses the friendship between Booker T. Wahington, founder of the Tuskegee Institute, and Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck and Company and how, through their friendship, they were able to build five thousand schools for African Americans in the Southern states.