The Clarissa Street Reunion is the largest independently organized African American festival in Rochester. The annual event is set for Saturday, and organizers say they expect to see more youth engagement at this year’s festival. Teen Empowerment has been working with young people in the community to train them as history ambassadors for the area. The ambassadors say they’ve learned Clarissa Street is a microcosm of Rochester’s history – from music and black-owned businesses, to redlining, institutional racism, and poverty.

The ambassadors join us, along with longtime Clarissa Street residents, to preview the festival and to discuss how the neighborhood has changed over the last several decades. In studio:

  • Shanterra Randle, lead coordinator of the Clarissa St. Reunion Youth History Ambassadors project at Teen Empowerment, and social studies and special education teacher at Monroe High School
  • Amarah Anderson, youth organizer and history ambassador at Teen Empowerment and 10th grader at School of the Arts
  • Elijah Hudson, history ambassador at Teen Empowerment, and recent graduate of Rochester Prep
  • Jaylen Wims, history ambassador at Teen Empowerment, and student at Pittsford Sutherland through the Urban-Suburban Program
  • George Fontenette, Clarissa Street Reunion Committee elder,  and longtime resident of the Clarissa Street area
  • Moses Gilbert, Clarissa Street Reunion Committee elder,  and longtime resident of the Clarissa Street area
  • Mel Henderson, co-chair of the Clarissa Street Reunion Committee

Connections: Rochester Teen Book Festival

May 14, 2015

Jennifer Niven's book "All the Bright Places" has become a very hot piece of young-adult literature. It focuses on depression and suicide. The book is climbing just about every conceivable sellers list, and has earned some understandable comparisons to John Green's mega-hit "The Fault in Our Stars." Niven is in Rochester for the 10th Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival. She's our guest for the hour, along with two other guests:

  • Charles Benoit – author of "Cold Calls", Rochester Native, Greater Rochester Teen Book Fest Panelist
  • Laura Jones – Professor at Nazareth College and the site coordinator for The Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival.

Debussy “La Mer” manuscript offers tantalizing mystery

Sep 4, 2012

In October, students and faculty at the Eastman School of Music will kick off a major festival to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the birth of French composer Claude Debussy.  Rochester is an important destination for Debussy fans and researchers because of a single, rare document, a document that presented scholars with an unexpected puzzle.  WXXI's Brenda Tremblay and Marty Kauffman prepared our report.