Book: Dear Mr. Rosenwald

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Dear Mr. Rosenwald

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford, R. Gregory Christie
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Ovella’s one-room school is not much to speak of, so when town gets word that a man named Julius Rosenwald, the president of Sears, Roebuck and Co., is donating money to help them build a brand-new school, Ovella can hardly believe her ears. No more leaky roofs, wind whistling through the walls, or a sheet that splits the classroom into two. But in order to have a new school, the community will have to raise a lot of money and build the school themselves.

How on earth will poor people find money to give away? Ovella wonders.

Based on the true story of the Rosenwald schools, which empowered thousands of African-American communities to build schools for their children in the 1920s and 30s, Dear Mr. Rosenwald is a powerful and uplifiting story for anyone who has ever dreamed of a better life.

Inspired by Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant and the president of Sears, Roebuck and Co., donated millions of dollars to build schools for African-American children in the rural South.

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