United Christian Leadership Ministry and the Take It Down Group
will rally outside of the County Office Building, 39 West Main Street, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
The groups want city and county officials to remove a panel of the Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park
. The panel is a pickaninny caricature of two black children, and many local residents say that it’s offensive. The carousel was installed at the park in 1905.
The carousel is owned by the city, but the county operates it under a long-term agreement. County officials have said that they will leave the panel in place, but with an interpretive sign. United Christian Leadership Ministry has requested a meeting with County Executive Maggie Brooks
to discuss the issue, but Brooks reportedly hasn’t responded.
“Brooks' obstinacy means that she is complicit with the ideology that produced this kind of demeaning imagery,” says the Rev. Lewis Stewart,
president of United Christian, in an e-mail announcing Tuesday’s rally. “She is an elected government official and as such should not engage in the devaluation of people of color by maintaining this demeaning and humiliating art form. It must come down.” BY JEREMY MOULE
Rochester schools Superintendent Bolgen Vargas
will hold “The State of Our Schools: An Update to the Community,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25, at Edison Career and Technology High School, 655 Colfax Street.
The Rochester Community Task Force on School Climate
has extended the deadline for the public to comment a proposed new Code of Conduct policy for city schools
until Saturday, September 19. A draft version of policy is available for review and comments can be made at www.rcsdk12.org/codeofconduct. Comments can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FR=EE, Race and Education Action and Change Work Group, and United Christian Leadership Ministry of Western New York
will hold a forum for Rochester school board candidates
at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, at Inner Faith Gospel Tabernacle Church, 32 York Street. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO