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Urban Action 9/12 

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)

Reyna Grande returning for lecture

Nazareth College will present "The Distance Between Us," a lecture by Mexican-American author Reyna Grande, on Tuesday, September 18. Grande's award-winning memoir of the same name tells the story of her life before and after illegally emigrating from Mexico. Grande's book was the selection for Writers & Books' 2018 Rochester Reads. Her lecture on the 18th will be at Nazareth Arts Center, at 5 p.m.

Library event features review of 'Barracoon'

Zora Neale Hurston's "Barracoon" will be the subject of the Tuesday, September 18, Books Sandwiched In program at the Rochester Public Library. Curtis Rivers, owner of Mood Makers Books, will review "Barracoon," which is based on Hurston's interviews of Cudjo Lewis, believed to be the last survivor of the Clotilda, the final slave ship bound for the US. The program will be in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library, 115 South Avenue, from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m.

Help needed to clean beaches

Volunteers are needed for the 25th annual International Coastal Cleanup for the Rochester area on Saturday, September 15. Volunteers will start work at Durand Beach and Ontario Beach Park at 9 a.m., and at Buckland Creek at 3 p.m. More than 34,000 pounds of debris were removed from New York's waterways and coastlines last year. The contacts for volunteering to work at one of the three Monroe County beaches: Durand, Jamie and Kimie Romeo, 544-4513; Ontario, Peter Hentschke, 442-1770; and Buckland Creek, George Smith, 242-5000.

Celebrating suffragists

The Susan B. Anthony Museum and House will hold a Suffragist City Parade and Block Party on Saturday, September 15. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. at West Main and Broad Streets and head to Madison Street to the Susan B. Anthony Square Park. The block party will be held in the park at 31 Madison Street following the parade.

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