Although he was soft-spoken and highly organized,
Julius Rosenwald could never abide bureaucracy. And even though he
was highly focused and unusually attentive, Rosenwald never worried.
“Early in my business career,” he wrote, “I learned the folly of worrying about anything. I have always worked as hard as I could, but when a thing went wrong and could not be righted, I dismissed it from my mind.”
Quietly, Julius gave away more than 50 million dollars
during his lifetime, mostly to empower black Americans as they were struggling to recover from oppression. So liberally did Rosenwald distribute his wealth that he occasionally had to borrow money from the bank to cover his own living expenses. Receiving neither acclaim nor applause, Julius Rosenwald invisibly built dozens of YMCAs and YWCAs in America’s impoverished inner cities and provided dollar-for-dollar matching funds to construct 5,357 schools in impoverished cities across the South.