540WMain is an online and community-based hub for accessible education and events that promote justice for all. 540WMain aims to create a cultural shift in perspectives and practice by connecting members to lifestyle programming informed by social justice and anti-racism strategies.
SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. SURJ works to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.
Local Chapter: SURJ ROC
Black-Owned Business (BOB) Rochester is a culturally-relevant community and economic development resource for Black-owned, -operated, and -oriented establishments throughout Greater Rochester, New York. By empowering Black enterprise, public service organizations and affinity groups, BOB Rochester fulfills its mission of “all pulling together and in the same direction” to engage in the practice of Susu economics.
This webpage provides detailed information for all nine R-Center locations such as contact information, hours of operation, maps, amenities and more.
Audience: Rochester city youth ages 10-18
Founded in 1996 as the Men of Color Health Awareness Project, The MOCHA Center has worked to educate Black and Latino men in Rochester and Buffalo about living a sex-positive life. Now in partnership with Trillium Health, it has turned into a community health center that offers both community and health in equal amounts–providing a safe place to network, socialize, and address any health issues you face.
Since its inception in 2007, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives has been advocating for a more equitable world on the issues of human trafficking and racism. Co-founded by Nettie Washington Douglass, her eldest son, Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., and Robert J. Benz, FDFI is headquartered in Rochester, NY–a place Frederick Douglass once called home.
WOC Art Collaborative is a multi-generational collective of Black womxn & womxn of color creators in Rochester. They host monthly book discussions and long table discussions.
21st Century Arts is an ongoing initiative to disrupt racism in the arts and culture landscape in greater Rochester, NY.
NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ/SGL bias and stigma.
Community-Created Resource Lists
“Black Lives Matter Resources for Rochester, NY, and Beyond,” Rochester Community Media Center (RCTV).
“Reading Towards Abolition: A Reading List on Policing, Rebellion, and the Criminalization of Blackness,” from The Abusable Past, a blog of Radical History Review, a scholastic history journal published by Duke University Press that promotes both historical scholarship and active political engagement. The Abusable Past complements Radical History Review with content related to the praxis of radical history in this social and political moment.
“A History of Race and Racism in American, in 24 Chapters,” a list of primary resources compiled by Ibram X. Kendi for the New York Times.
“Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List,” by staff at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, June 9, 2020.
“#Charlestonsyllabus,” hosted on the website of the African American Intellectual History Society. Conceived by Chad Williams, Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University in the wake of the Charleston, SC, shooting of June 17, 2015, this list of resources provides valuable information about the history of racial violence in this country and contextualizes the history of race relations in South Carolina and the United States in general. The resources also offer insights on race, racial identities, global white supremacy, and Black resistance.
“Talking About Race” web portal, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.This online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents and caregivers, and individuals committed to racial equality.
‘Goodreads’ suggested list of novels a curated list of novels revolving around Racism and Discrimination ranging from pre-teen to adult.