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A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit from neighbors of the former Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School campus who were trying to stop plans to redevelop the property.

A coalition of Divinity School neighbors filed a lawsuit against the city of Rochester and developer Angelo Ingrassia in September. The group argued that the city’s environmental review of the project was inadequate and they asked the judge to annul a city decision that rezoned the property, claiming it was arbitrary.

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Throughout the region, residents paused Monday to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. 

The MLK Day 2020 Community Celebration at Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre focused on the women who helped make the movement possible.

Simeon Bannister is the chair of the commission that produced the event. He asked the crowd to take responsibility for Rochester by focusing on improving education and “crushing” poverty in the region.

We sit down with the new president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rev. Angela Sims. Sims is the institution’s first female president, and the first African American woman to lead a Rochester-area college. Her term began July 1, after the retirement of Rev. Marvin McMickle.

Sims is a Baptist minister and author, who says one of her goals is to build on Colgate’s social justice efforts. She joins us in studio to share her vision, her goals, and to address the role of faith and religion in the current social and political climate.

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Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School opened its new location this week, marking the end of a three-year journey to move 2.2 miles. 

The school sat at its picturesque Goodman Street grounds for 90 years. Lisa Bors, Colgate’s director of development, worked there for 20 of them. 

“I didn’t realize 2.2 miles was this long, but it’s for a good cause,” said Bors. “We’re excited to be a part of the community now and not on the hill and looking at the sky. We’re looking at people now.”