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"Rochester Riots: 50 Years Later” – A Public Dialogue


Over the next couple of months, St. John Fisher College will host “The Rochester Riots: Fifty Years Later – A Public Dialogue,” a series of events that remember the Rochester Riots of 1964. The events will include panel discussions, performances, an art exhibit, and an all-day conference focused on the riots.

Events will include:

“Conversations with Marisol Ramos-Lopez, Community Relations Officer, Rochester Police Department”

Tuesday, February 11, 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m., Basil Hall 135

Ramos-Lopez is the Administrator for one of the City’s Service Centers, a community quality-of-life initiative that teams residents with city staff to devise and achieve effective solutions to neighborhood problems. In her role, she works closely with members of the Rochester Police Department in devising strategies to bring city government closer to residents and business owners so quality-of-life issues can be addressed more quickly and effectively.

“1964 and After” Panel

Thursday, March 27, 6:00 p.m., Golisano Gateway Midlevel

Panel discussion including panelists Rev. John Walker and Ruth Scott among others. Followed by Q&A.

“1964 Fifty Years After Conference”

Friday, March 28, Golisano Gateway Midlevel

Morning session speakers include:

-Dr. Carolyn Vacca, Associate Professor in History at Fisher, and the Monroe County Historian, will explore the causative narratives that emerged before, during, and after the riots and their impact on local organized black leadership.

-Laura Hill, Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, NJ, will present her paper “Let Those Negroes Have Their Whiskey: White Responses in a Decade of Racial Unrest." It examines the collection of letters held in the Rochester City Archives that poured into Mayor Lamb and City Manager Porter's offices from around the city, state, and nation in the wake of the uprising.

-Ibram X. Kendi, Assistant Professor of African Studies at the State University New York at Albany, and a visiting scholar in African Studies at Brown University, will explore the connections between the riots and the growth of the black power movement. His presentation is titled "From Civil Rights to Black Power in 1964: Rochester and Beyond."

Afternoon session speakers will be announced soon!

FuturPointe Dance Performance

Thursday, April 3, 7:00 p.m. - Cleary Auditorium

Choreographed performance to reflect civil rights issue.
Adults $10.00, Students $8.00.  Free for Fisher faculty, staff, and students with ID.

“Now and Then”

Tuesday, April 1-Monday, April 7 (gallery hours), Patricia O’Keefe Ross Gallery in the Skalny Welcome Center

An exhibit on the Rochester riots produced by students will be on display during regular gallery hours.

The series of events is being made possible thanks to funding from the New York State Council for the Humanities, Monroe County Historian, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, and the Visual and Performing Arts program.

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