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More than 450 people attended the first day of Rochester’s Interrupt Racism Summit on Tuesday. The two-day virtual summit sponsored by The Urban League of Rochester educates people on how to dismantle racism at their workplaces and in their communities.

In her keynote speech to participants, Urban League of Rochester CEO Seanelle Hawkins said many organizations will speak out against racism without addressing systemic problems in their own organization.

Naomi Shihab Nye is the current poetry editor for New York Times Magazine, and was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate for 2019-2021. Her most recent collection of poems, “The Tiny Journalist,” puts a human face on war and violence. It was inspired by a young Palestinian activist.

Nye will be in Rochester this Friday as a guest of BOA Editions, but first, she joins us on Connections to discuss her work, the role of poetry, and the impact young people can have on social movements. Our guests:

How can music be used to make social commentary? Wall Street Journal jazz critic Larry Blumenfeld is in Upstate New York to share his work with college students. His writing and research center on the intersection of jazz and social justice.

He joins us for the hour to discuss a range of issues, including “jazz in troubled times.” Our guests:

  • Larry Blumenfeld, cultural journalist and jazz critic for the Wall Street Journal
  • Bob Sneider, associate professor of jazz studies and contemporary media at the Eastman School of Music
  • Eric Grode, director of the Goldring Arts Journalism Program at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University