Rochester’s African American ancestors will be brought to life at the 2015 performance of Walk the Walk: Encounters with Rochester’s African-American Ancestors presented by The Landmark Society of Western New York this February.
Now in its 19th year, Walk the Walk is offered FREE during a single performance only – Thursday, February 5 at 7 p.m. – at The Memorial AME Zion Church, 549 Clarissa Street in the historic Corn Hill District. The congregation is one of the oldest in Rochester, having formed in 1827. The Maplewood Community Youth Choir will present musical selections before the performance while the African-American Women’s service club, The Links, will host a cookie reception and thanks to a generous sponsor, the performance is free to the public.
Special Performances for School Children
Special performances of Walk the Walk for school children in grades 3 and above will be held on the mornings of February 5 & 6 at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. This historic building was the location of Frederick Douglass’ funeral, and also stands on the site of an Underground Railroad station. Performances for school children include one-on-one chats and interaction between the student audience and the “Ancestors,” and help educators bring to life the difficult decisions faced by these historical figures. Interested educators can contact Boyer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited transportation funds are available.
The Landmark Society provides program materials for classroom use before and after the performance, including historic timelines, activity sheets on each Ancestor, and guidelines on appropriate audience etiquette for a live theater setting. Post-event materials develop language arts and visual arts skills, as students choose from a variety of writing or illustration activities reflecting on their experiences. The activities help teachers meet NYS learning standards in language arts, social studies, and visual arts.
Started in 1996, Walk the Walk has become one of Rochester’s premier Black History Month events, bringing to life some of Rochester’s richest characters in an entertaining, engaging and educational theatrical production. The performance is a must-see for anyone who appreciates history, theater and the ribbons of experience that tie all humans together.