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Coming up on Connections: Friday, June 3, 2022

Clarissa Street exhibit photo wall, with dozens of historic photos
Megan Mack
Clarissa Street Exhibit Photo Wall

First hour: What can the history of Clarissa Street teach us about impact of urban renewal?

Second hour: People and organizations making positive change in Rochester, part 4

Black-owned businesses, neighbors supporting neighbors, and a world-class nightclub featuring famous jazz and pop musicians: that was the reality in Rochester's Clarissa Street neighborhood in the 1950s and 1960s. But urban renewal essentially tore that neighborhood apart. A new exhibit at RIT City Arts Space tells a powerful story through photographs, archive video, personal stories, and interactive maps. Teen Empowerment and the Clarissa Street Reunion Committee put together the exhibit to challenge our city to think more deeply about the impact of policies. We discuss it with our guests:

  • Katherine Sprague-Dexter, Clarissa Street elder and realtor
  • Mekko Griffin-Mongeon, exhibit project manager, educator, and fourth generation Clarissa Street neighbor
  • Jaylen Wims, youth history ambassador and senior at Pittsford Sutherland

Then in our second hour, we continue our series of conversations highlighting people and organizations in the community that are making positive change. This hour's group of do-gooders includes:

  • Bill Whitney, the “Daffodil Man,” and owner of Whitney Designs Associates 
  • Mindy Wallington, owner of Mama Kats Kradle
  • Matt Korona, vice president of the Rochester A.M. Rotary Club 
  • Erin Turpin, secretary for the board of directors for 490 Farmers
  • Cathy Little, program coordinator for the Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition 
  • Rashad J. Smith, “the People’s Publicist” for Roc Freedom Riders, among other causes
  • Gladys Magee, founder of Sickle Cell Advocates of Rochester  
  • Ben Rubin, co-founder of Rolling Resettlement, and media coordinator for e-NABLE Network
  • Zainab Hussaini, co-founder of Rolling Resettlement, and programs manager for Skateistan
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
Emmarae Stein is the production assistant for "Connections with Evan Dawson."