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“150” How Does the Emancipation Proclamation Affects You Today?


On February 28, 2013 to close out the celebratory events of Black Heritage Month the awesome and talent youth (ages 11-14) of various recreation centers, here in the City of Rochester honored Black Heritage Month with a mini documentary on 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

It took a lot time, knowledge gaining, work and dedication for the youth to put together this project. The youth participated in various group activities such as Emancipation Proclamation Jeopardy, internet scavenger hunts and Civil War Court (a People’s Court spoof) to get them more familiarized with the events, people, reasons and outcomes of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Once the youth obtain a clear understanding of the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation the youth formed discussion boards focused on how the implantation of the Emancipation Proclamation affects them and today’s society.




 The youth then took their newly gained knowledge and journalist skills out in the community and solicited the opinion of various community leaders like Lovely Warren and Roderick Cooper-Cox on their opinions and thoughts on the affects of the Emancipation Proclamation.  The youth also had the opportunity to visit our local radio station WDKX and interview Senator Robach. After gathering many hours of footage and interviewing many community leaders, the youth and recreation staff worked diligently with IMN Lightment Productions, to produce the mini documentary “150” How Does the Emancipation Proclamation Affects You Today? 

The youth premiered their mini documentary video “150” How Does the Emancipation Proclamation Affects You Today?  at the Fredrick Douglass Resource, with a red carpet theme and lavish dinner. Over 175 youth and supports came to the movie debut, making the event a huge success!
I am so proud of the youth and honored to be able to assist them in their endeavors. I would also like to thank the community members whom assisted in this project and the City Recreation Black Heritage Committee 

City Recreation Black Heritage Committee
Tina Langston - Committee Chair
Annie Pride - Committee Member
Terrance McCutchen - Committee Member
Shannon Grieve - Committee Member
Elijah Snipes - Committee Member
Eric Rose - Committee Member
Tony Jordan - Committee Member
Andrew Reid - Committee Member
Julian Miles- Foster - Committee Member

Community Leaders’ in the Video

Jackie Campbell – City of Rochester/ BYS Asst. Commissioner
Roderick Cooper-Cox – Wilson Commencement Park
Senator Joe Robach – New York State Senate
Lovely Warren – Council Member
Wanda Acevedo– Wilson Commencement Park
Loretta Scott– Council Member
Rev. Roosevelt Dixon - Grace Unity Fellowship Church
DJ Sight - WDKX
Chief James Sheppard – Rochester Police Dept
Shirley Scott- Community Place of Greater Rochester
Raheem Miller -  WDKX
Tariq Spencer - WDKK


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