[Blackstudies-l] TODAY:*Clarissa Uprooted: Youth and Elders Uncover the Story of Black Rochester* over Zoom on Friday Oct 23 at 4pm (link is below).

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Fri Oct 23 08:37:54 EDT 2020

Documentary/Talkback about urban Black Rochester - tomorrow (Friday) 4pm,
Lytton Smith <smithlj at geneseo.edu>: Oct 22 11:20AM -0400

Rochester's Teen Empowerment <https://teenempowerment.org/> and the Clarissa
Street Reunion Committee <https://clarissastreetreunionfestival.weebly.com/>
will present their documentary, *Clarissa Uprooted: Youth and Elders
Uncover the Story of Black Rochester (*produced by RCTV
<https://www.rctvmediacenter.org/>) with a *screening over Zoom on Friday
Oct 23 at 4pm. *Register for this Zoom event here

The short documentary features Teen Empowerment Youth History Ambassadors
interviewing elders who lived in the Clarissa Street neighborhood during
its heyday as “Rochester’s Broadway” and through its destruction when urban
renewal and Route 490 tore through the neighborhood. “Clarissa St. was the
foundation of Afro-Rochester,” says Dr. David Anderson, founding member of
Blackstorytelling League, and of Akwaaba: the Heritage Associates, which
shares African American lore across the United States and Ghana. *Clarissa
Uprooted* depicts the Third Ward as a microcosm of Rochester’s, and many
northern US cities’, history – from neighborhood comradery, international
jazz music and thriving black-owned businesses, to redlining, urban
renewal, and other racist policies. The screening will include a talkback
featuring some of the elders who lived this history and the youth who are
living with the consequences today, including members of Teen Empowerment's
Youth History Ambassadors Project.

Watch a teaser for the film <https://youtu.be/28Isozb6hSo>.

This event is part of Cultural Harmony Week
<https://www.geneseo.edu/multicultural/cultural_harmony_week> and the GALA
International Black History Month <https://www.geneseo.edu/IBHM> event.

Dr. Lytton Smith

Director, Center for Integrative Learning, Doty 303C (Mon/Wed/Fri)
Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, Welles 230
Black Studies Faculty
Maria Helena Lima
Department of English
Black Studies Co-Coordinator
James and Julia Lockhart Professor, 2014-2017
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