Black History Month Panel Discussions

  • Black History Month

  • In honor of Black History month, the Board of Education and the Rochester City School District are hosting a series of black history panel discussions on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at the East High School Collaboratorium. Approximately 75 to 100 students from East High School and Leadership Academy for Young Men will participate in these panel discussions. Please join us here at the day of the event for a live stream of both discussions. The panel discussions will be broken into two groups: Local African American History and Career Path.

Panel: Local African American History

  • Students will have the opportunity to learn more about local African American History from Dr. Walter Cooper, Dr. David Anderson, Dr. Melody Cofield, Shawn Dunwoody, and Delores Radney.

    • Walter Cooper is an American scientist, humanitarian, activist, and educator. A retiree of Eastman Kodak, Cooper has shown a long-time commitment to the education of children in our community, and Rochester’s School No. 10 is named in his honor, the Dr. Walter Cooper Academy.
    • David Anderson is a visiting community scholar at Nazareth College. Anderson has been a featured storyteller at a number of RCSD schools having taught on the history of famous abolitionist, writer, and statesman Frederick Douglass.
    • Melody Cofield is a philanthropic, entrepreneur, inventor, researcher, author, speaker, and professional coach. 
    • Shawn Dunwoody is an artist, director, and producer. He has painted several inspiring murals in underserved neighborhoods of Rochester.
    • Delores Radney is a community artist and educator with over 25 years of experience teaching creativity in the community. 

Panel: Career Path

  • Students will also have the opportunity to learn more about career paths from local African American professionals including;

    • La'Ron Singletary, Rochester Police Chief and 1998 graduate of John Marshall High School
    • Christopher Richardson, DO, FACOS, FACS, Surgeon
    • Mary Bisbee Burrows, entrepreneur, owner of Legacy Drama House
    • Cory Hunter, University of Rochester music professor/singer
    • Honorable Fatimat Reid, Monroe County family court judge and former RCSD Chief of Staff