What is Black Women Roc!?
Black Women Roc! is an annual campaign where we spotlight and highlight the achievements of four black women and femme identifying black women that are working hard to uplift, engage, and educate the Rochester community at large.
This year you get to choose!
Each woman will receive a week-long highlight on our website and social media platforms.
To engage and bring awareness to the work that black women are doing in Rochester to shape our city for the better; work that might not otherwise be recognized.
We are bombarded every single day with so many negative and toxic stories and images of black men and women from local and national news media that it can be easy to overlook the wealth of positive action that is taking place right in our own backyards. Creating this special campaign to highlight the good work that is happening in our community was my way of countering the negativity.
There was a great turnout for our first Black Women Roc! campaign back in 2017, and I must say it has been one of the most wonderful blogging campaigns that I have ever created. Learning about the work, blood, sweat and tears that community leaders such as Melanie Funchess, Shalom Pearl Singer, and Melissa Barrett have put into their respective businesses has not only been inspiring but eye-opening.
Last year we also hosted an open mic and performing arts showcase in conjunction with the campaign in our Community Room. Four beautiful, talented, and melanin-rich performers shared their talent and grace with a packed house and it was beautiful. What I enjoyed most about the showcase was the diversity that was on display. We had performance live painting from Lavonne Barfield, interpretive dance by Donna Beatty, singing from Jamie McCuller, and two powerful spoken word pieces from Andre Doeman. Everyone in attendance was inspired, enriched, and filled with the glory of divine energy.
Do you know an amazing black woman doing amazing work to uplift, engage and educate the Rochester community?
Nominate a Black woman that Rocs! the Rochester Community.
Entries must be submitted by Friday, May 4.
Tell us by completing the web form below: