"Legends" Gala Is Huge Success!
The Rochester Association of Black Journalists held a special social fundraiser at the Rochester Academy of Medicine on Saturday night to honor three Rochesterians- Constance Mitchell, Dr. Walter Cooper, and Dr. David Anderson. The sold-out affair was outstandingand a complete success!
RABJpublicly kicked off its unique documentary and children’s book series project, “Rochester Legends,” at thefundraising event. Each of the three living Rochester African-American notables were featured ina video documentary profile. The trio will be the subjects of the first volume of a planned Rochester Legends series of illustrated children’s books, geared to third grade level, about outstanding people who have made invaluable contributions to the Rochester community. That inaugural book is slated to be published in September for distribution to libraries and public, private and parochial elementary schools throughout Monroe and surrounding counties.
Mitchell, a civil rights activist, became the highest elected African American official in the nation when she won aseat on the Monroe County Supervisors (forerunner of the Monroe County Legislature) in 1961. Cooper, a research scientist and educator, helped found the Urban League of Rochester and Action for a Better Community.
Anderson is a founding member of the Black Storytelling League of Rochester and Akwaaba: The Heritage Associates, an organization whose members share and reenact African American history. Legends indeed!