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The Alliance of Ethics & Art (AEA)  is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. We are grateful to join with others in the fight against racism, and to seek solutions based on principles of Aesthetic Realism, the education founded by philosopher Eli Siegel:
     (1) Every person's deepest desire is to like the world on an honest or accurate basis. This desire is the source of education and all the arts and sciences. (2) The greatest danger of people is to have contempt — "the addition to self through the lessening of something else."
     All human injustice is caused by contempt — from a child's sarcastic "put down," to lying, bullying, economic exploitation, voter suppression, war. These principles when studied make it possible for racism to end.    — Alice Bernstein


Sorrow and Hope — From the Director
Emanuel AME ChurchAs I begin this update, I want to express my deep sorrow about the horrific June massacre of nine men and women at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. And I also want to express the Alliance's unbreakable resolve to inform America about Aesthetic Realism, the education founded by the great philosopher Eli Siegel that enables the source of racism to be understood at last, and to END!
        In 2005, photographer/videographer David Bernstein and I had the honor to be in the beloved Mother Emanuel Church which has been in the forefront of the struggle for equality and justice Ike Williams & Alice Bernstein at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SCfor 200 years. We were there to document the history of the 1965
Edisto 13 desegregation lawsuit, which was then celebrating its 40th anniversary — for the oral history project "The Force of Ethics in Civil Rights."
        Our conviction that racism can end is the subject of two books: The People of Clarendon County — A Play by Ossie Davis & the Education That Can End Racism and Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism, written by diverse men and women, each telling what we have learned from Aesthetic Realism that enabled us to change an unjust way of seeing people different from ourselves to true respect and kindness. And a link to one of my earliest articles on this urgent subject, quotes from a commentary by Ellen Reiss in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known. As she explains the moment-to-moment fight between respect and contempt in all humanity, she makes clear how choices for contempt in a representative girl named Heather, lead to her becoming a racist as a teenager. I know of nothing more important or hopeful than Aesthetic Realism's understanding of the cause and answer to racism. Please find out why I say this!
Celebrating the 21st year  of this Emmy award-winning public service film, "The Heart Knows Better," by filmmaker and Aesthetic Realism consultant Ken Kimmelman.

                               

"The People of Clarendon County"— A Play
by Ossie Davis & the Answer to Racism!
presented in the nation's capital.

                          

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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of "The Force of Ethics in Civil Rights" oral history project and gratitude to the Puffin Foundation
Puffin logoWe are immensely grateful to the Puffin Foundation for a grant to continue our work to discover and preserve civil rights history in the words, voices, and images of unsung pioneers nationwide. This grant enables us to videotape historic events, endangered buildings, and to conduct interviews documenting how black and white people worked together for education and equality. These include stories about Rosenwald Schools — named for the Jewish businessman Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) who, in the early 20th century, encouraged by the former slave and educator Booker T. Washington, built 5,500 schools in the segregated South, providing hundreds of thousands of black children with the quality education denied them by racist Jim Crow laws.
             Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington
       Julius Rosenwald (left) and Booker T. Washington (right)
       Interviews with people who taught at or attended Rosenwald Schools Rev Eskewinclude many distinguished people. There is Rev. Dr. Elaine Eskew, Lexington-Rosenwald High School, Lexington, SC, shown right, who is pastor of Shiloh AME Church in Prosperity, SC.
        I've also interviewed Rev. John C. Scott (below), now of Harlem, who was born in rural North Carolina and attended Quankey Rev ScottElementary and McDaniel-Rosenwald School in Enfield, NC; Frances Hooks (wife of the late Benjamin Hooks, below left) who taught elementary grades in a Shelby County, Tennessee Rosenwald School; and Evelyn Kendall Burrell (below right) age 100 and now in Chicago, who attended a Rosenwald high school in Clayton, Alabama. Among her memories is the fact that girls and boys played baseball together during recess.
  Frances HooksEvelyn Kendall Burrell
             Photo by David M. Bernstein (l); family photo (r)
       Bishop Frederick C. James, age 93, shown below in his beloved school, attended 1st-10th grades in what is now Howard Junior High School in Prosperity, SC. His dream is to preserve this beautiful building as a community center of learning and culture in the 21st century.
Bishop James in his beloved school
                                                           Photo by Alice Bernstein
       I look forward to writing in coming months about the impact of the Rosenwald schools and their related projects — including college scholarships, artist grants, and healthcare assistance — on life and education everywhere in America. We are proud to be a means of preserving history, some of which might never have become known, and of encouraging people everywhere to study Aesthetic Realism's scientific, kind, urgent explanation of the cause and answer to racism.