Facing Race, Embracing Equality
Tue., Feb. 26, 7-9 p.m. 2013
July 25th, 1964: Rochesterians were stunned when they learned that their quiet, seemingly-progressive community had erupted in riots. Neighborhoods were in flames; almost 1,000 people were arrested; eventually the New York State Police and National Guard were brought in. They asked themselves: how could this happen? There was full employment (with an unemployment rate of 2-3%); the major companies offered health care; the educational system was in good repair. But as subsequent investigation and reports revealed, these benefits were not available to all residents. Underneath the placid appearance, genuine rage was simmering over the inability of black people to share in these fruits of a productive society.
February 26, 2013: Almost fifty years later we are asking: what has changed? Are things better or worse? Our goal for this evening is to briefly review this past with clips from a documentary and to begin to focus on an even more important question: what issues should be addressed today and how can the League be a part of the process? Our discussion leader will be Bishop Willie Davis of Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church. We will break into smaller groups to address these questions focusing on jobs, education and housing, and exploring action that can have an impact. This is OUR community: black, white, Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern and Hispanic. Join us on February 26 and bring your friends to join in the dialogue.