Clarissa Uprooted: Youth and Elders Uncover the Story of Black Rochester
About the Film:
Teen Empowerment and the Clarissa Street Reunion Committee will premiere their documentary, produced by RCTV, Clarissa Uprooted: Youth and Elders Uncover the Story of Black Rochester at a virtual screening and talkback through The Virtual Little Theatre on Friday, August 21st at 6:30pm. The short documentary features Teen Empowerment Youth History Ambassadors interviewing elders who lived in the Clarissa Street neighborhood during its heyday as “Rochester’s Broadway” and through its destruction when urban renewal and Rt. 490 tore through the neighborhood. RCTV’s Youth Media Team recorded the oral history interviews.
Teen Empowerment Youth History Ambassadors are proud to bring the premiere screening of Clarissa Uprooted: Youth and Elders Uncover the Story of Black Rochester to the virtual big screen. Clarissa Uprooted depicts the Third Ward as a microcosm of Rochester’s history – from neighborhood comradery, international jazz music and thriving black-owned businesses, to redlining, institutional racism, and poverty.
The event will be free and open to the public, streaming live at: https://www.facebook.com/TheLittleTheatreROC/live. To find more information about the virtual event, head to the Little’s website at [thelittle.org].
“Clarissa St. was the foundation of Afro-Rochester,” says Dr. David Anderson, founding member of Blackstorytelling League, and of Akwaaba: the Heritage Associates which shares African American lore across the United States and Ghana.
Teen Empowerment launched its Youth History Ambassadors Project last summer through the City of Rochester’s Summer of Opportunity program. The documentary captures interviews and footage from the Youth Stage they hosted at last year’s Clarissa St. Reunion. This year’s 25th annual Clarissa Street Reunion has been postponed due to the pandemic. The youth history ambassadors have continued to connect with the elders, remotely over Zoom and will be co-hosting the virtual Clarissa Uprooted screening and talkback.