Dr. Lesli Myers-Small, superintendent of the Rochester City School District, will be the kick-off speaker Aug. 2 for Solidarity Sundays, a month-long series of outdoor morning events focusing on key issues facing the Black community.
Sponsored by the Aenon Missionary Baptist Church, 175 Genesee Street, the series is open to the public. It will be held from 9 to 9:30 a.m. each Sunday in August on the front lawn of the church.
“The objective of Solidarity Sundays is to bring awareness to the critical areas related to Black advancement in society,” said Dr. Jonathan Jamel H. McReynolds, Aenon’s senior pastor. “The focus shall be upon local issues that are in need of solidarity, synergy and engagement in order to advance and elevate our community.”
Myers-Small, former superintendent of the Brockport Central School District, will speak on “Blacks and Education.”
The following is the schedule of additional dates, topics and speakers for the remaining four Sundays:
Aug. 9: “Blacks and Economics,” Malik Evans, at-large member of the Rochester City Council and former member and president of the Rochester School Board.
Aug. 16: “Black Solidarity,” Willie Lightfoot, at-large member of the Rochester City Council and former Monroe County Legislator.
Aug. 23: “Blacks and Poverty,” Demond Meeks, Democratic candidate for the 137th New York State Assembly District and a former administrative organizer for SEIU 1199, a labor organization known as United Health Workers East.
Aug. 30: “Blacks and Voting/Public Policy,” Dr. Cephas Archie, chief equity officer for the City of Rochester and former chief diversity officer for SUNY Brockport.
Elaborating on the purpose of Solidarity Sundays, McReynolds said the series is designed “to promote public engagement and to facilitate institutional transformation in the public square, grass-roots organizations and various civic organizations that work for the advancement of society.”