Community Town Hall on Racism and Resistance in Rochester

Posted on August 12th, 2020 by acsrochester

Join us August 19th, 2020 to learn more about Rochester’s local history of racism and resistance from an expert panel.  Examine how federal policies like redlining, racially restrictive covenants, and urban renewal segregated Rochester and built wealth for its white citizens and disenfranchised people of color. Explore how local civil rights leaders like Howard Coles, Dr. Walter Cooper, Connie Mitchell, Alice Young and many others fought back. Connect these past policies to the disparity and inequality we see in Rochester today and commit to building anti-racist practices at Allendale Columbia School.



Kellie McNair

Kellie McNair currently serves as Co-Principal of Longridge Elementary School in Greece and is part of Greece Central School District’s culturally responsive training team.  A former Math Specialist with strong expertise in primary grades, Kellie served as Assistant Principal at Longridge before becoming principal. 


Shane Wiegand

Shane Wiegand is a fourth grade teacher at  Sherman Elementary School in the Rush Henrietta Central School District.  He has been developing this curriculum in his fourth grade classroom for the past 8 years and recently partnered with the PathStone Foundation to bring the experience to a wider local audience including 10 school districts in the greater Rochester area. serves on the board of the City Roots Community Land Trust, serves as treasurer on the board of the Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition, and sits on the board of Connected Communities. He is also an adjunct instructor in Neurology at URMC where he focuses on issues surrounding equity. 


Jonathan Ntheketha

Jonathan Ntheketha, Allendale Columbia class of ‘96, is the Senior Assistant Director of First Year Initiatives and the Multicultural Center for Academic Success at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Passionate about theater, music, and the arts, Jonathan is active in community theater productions at Geva and Blackfriars and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Blackfriars and the Seneca Park Zoo as well as the Alumni Board of Allendale Columbia School.



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