Rochester in Focus: Action for a Better Community hosting summit on racism

Rochester in Focus: Action for a Better Community hosting summit on racism

Lynette Adams
Updated: January 04, 2021 01:27 PM
Created: January 04, 2021 12:44 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — It's been 56 years since the Rochester Riots. There was chaos in the streets for three days. Police tried to arrest a 19-year-old for public intoxication during a street dance. The riots broke out on Joseph Avenue and Nassau Street, in two predominantly Black wards.

Four people died and nearly a thousand others were arrested. A police officer lost his eye and a reporter for ABC News was shot in the face. Following the riot, the city acquired most of the land and leveled it. Out of that ordeal came a lot of change in the city of Rochester.

Civil rights leaders wanted to do more than just talk about the problems that added fuel to the riot, including poverty, inadequate housing and healthcare, and a lack of employment opportunity for African Americans. They launched Action for a Better Community (ABC). 

Jerome Underwood, ABC's current CEO and president, says 2020 feels very similar to 1964. News10NBC's Lynette Adams spoke with Underwood, who says it's only right that his agency leads the way to change. 

Watch the full interview in the video players below.

Part One (Click here to watch on a mobile device)

Part Two (Click here to watch on a mobile device)

ABC's signature event, Racism is a Public Health Crisis, will take place virtually on Jan. 14, 21, and 28. Click here to learn more about the virtual event or to register.


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