LUNCHTIME TALK AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WITH PETER ASCOLI, A’LELIA BUNDLES AND AVIVA KEMPNER
Peter Ascoli, Julius Rosenwald biographer, in conversation with journalist A’Lelia Bundles and filmmaker Aviva Kempner (The Rosenwald Schools) about Julius Rosenwald ‘s support for the building of African American YMCAs throughout America, with the help of Madame CJ Walker, an early twentieth century entrepreneur, philanthropist, arts patron and activist.
A’Lelia Bundles, journalist, is the author of three books about her great-great-grandmother, including On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker. She is chairman of the board of the National Archives Foundation and a Columbia University trustee.
A’Lelia was a network television news executive and producer for thirty years at NBC News and then at ABC News, where she was Washington, DC Deputy Bureau Chief and later Director of Talent Development.
Aviva Kempner’s career goal is to make films about under-known Jewish heroes. She produced and conceived Partisans of Vilna, wrote, produced and directed the critically acclaimedYoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg. Kempner directed, wrote and produced the Emmy nominated and Peabody awarded The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg and its new DVD version.
Kempner was the recipient of the 2009 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s Freedom of Expression Award and the 2011 Washington Jewish Film Festival’s Visionary Award, DC Mayor’s Art Award, and Women of Vision award.
She is a voting rights advocate for the District of Columbia.