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Updates from the Big Lunch, Legacy Day and Rochester Institute of Technology

On June 1, the South Wedge community of Rochester paid homage to 5 older South Wedge residents who played pivotal roles in the improvement of the neighborhood in the 1970s. Minister Lawrance Lee Evans was the only African-American pioneer in the group. The artwork pictured above was the award given to Minister Evans.



June 9 was the first Legacy Day without Minister Akilah. The adult students poured libation, two young students in our Charles Riley Tutorial Program performed "Reciprocity," and Sister Serwa Balkum, one of Minister Evans' former students, promoted  her latest book, Why Should I Cry! Prior to Minister Evans' presentation, Sister Veronica Howard, a newcomer to the Institute, gave an excellent presentation on her two year assignment as a Peace Corps worker in an Ashanti rural village in Ghana. She was given the name of Queen Mother Nana Akua Asantewaa by the matriarchal leadership of the community, and also displayed two stools from Ghana during her presentation.

On June 12, Minister Evans gave an outstanding class at Rochester Institute of Technology to ten clients of a nonprofit called East House. The hour long class was about African American history. Minister Evans had brought a number of display boards (all which dealt with black history figures, Kwanzaa, or past Institute events) done by his adult students to the class for illustration, and he asked the students to look at the display boards and take notes. Four students, all African-American, gave their interpretations of the various display boards. Minister Evans spoke very positively about the contributions of various heroes and sheroes such as George Washington Carver and Mary McLeod Bethune. He told the class to think positive of themselves.

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