Rochester's Roots: Honoring the FIGHT organization

February 11, 2019 09:43 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- News10NBC celebrates Black History Month by honoring people and places that have paved the way for many in the Rochester area. 

Founded on the heels of the 1964 Rochester Riots, the FIGHT organization stands for Freedom, Independence, God, Honor, Today. 


With Reverend Franklin D. Florence as its president for several years, working alongside Chicago-based activist Saul Alinksy, this group advocated for more jobs, better living conditions and other critical issues in the city of Rochester. 

In 1967, FIGHT leaders brought busloads of people to a Kodak shareholders' meeting in New Jersey to protest.

FIGHT pushed for Kodak officials to begin a job training program geared toward the black community.

Eventually, they did, leading to more minorities working at not only Kodak but other large firms in the city as well. 


Kaci Jones

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