Existing While Black at The University of Rochester

Existing While Black at The University of Rochester The University was my first “career” job out of college (PWI; RIT) way back in 2006 and like so many other BIPOC ( Black , Indegenous, People of Color) people. I have stories of overt racism and covert microagressions during my tenure as a staff member of […]

A Wednesday Word from The Director | Be Kind to Yourself

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During these uncertain times a 540Monthly Membership ensures that 540WMain is able to create multi-media content, virtual classes, and educational programming rooted in and taught from a social justice and anti-racism perspective. If you love 540WMain consider becoming a 540Monthly member for a little as $3/month.  Dear Community, It’s been awhile since I’ve written a […]

All About Melanin

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A 540Monthly Membership ensures that 540WMain is able to create and curate low cost/high impact educational content and programming rooted in antiracism, arts/culture & humanities, and wellness.  If you love 540WMain consider becoming a 540Monthly Member today. Help 540WMain reach its goal of 100 monthly members. Click here All About Melanin Fast Facts Eumelanin is […]

I’m White and I Screw Up a Lot

Recently, in a discussion on anti-racist action, I listened to a woman share her experiences and frustrations with white people “committing” to anti-racist work and then, after a certain period, abandoning the work to shift their attentions elsewhere. She reminded our group of an essential fact: people of color don’t have the option to ignore […]

28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History | Jennifer Jones (22)

We are pleased to spotlight Jennifer Jones in day twenty-two of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Jennifer Jones was the first African American woman to join the famous Rockettes chorus line. A native of New Jersey, Jones started dancing at 10 years old. She was unfamiliar with […]

Marie M. Daly

We are pleased to spotlight Marie M. Daly in day twelve of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Marie M. Daly is the first black woman to earn a Ph.D in chemistry. Marie M. Daly was born on April 16, 1921, in Queens, New York. She was raised […]

28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History | Christina Jenkins (11)

We are pleased to spotlight Christina Jenkins in day eleven of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Christina Jenkins is the revolutionary inventor of the Sew-In-Weaver The hair weave industry owes itself to the trailblazer Christina Jenkins. She was born in Louisiana and later graduated college in 1943. […]

28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History | Jerry Lawson (8)

We are pleased to spotlight Jerry Lawson in day eight of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Jerry Lawson created the first home video game system with interchangeable games long before Playstation and X-Box Born in New York City on December 1, 1940, Gerald Anderson Lawson is famous for […]

28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History | Jerry Pinkney (7)

We are pleased to spotlight Jerry Pinkney in day seven of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Jerry Pinkney, a prolific children’s book author and illustrator and has been internationally recognized for his contribution to the arts Pinkney was born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia in 1939. […]

28 Days of Little Known Facts About Black American History | Henrietta Lacks (4)

We are pleased to spotlight Henrietta Lacks in day four of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Henrietta Lacks is the most important women in medical history. In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, a poor woman with a middle-school education, made one of the greatest medical contributions ever. Her cells, […]

28 Days of Little Known Facts About Black American History | Onesimus (3)

We are pleased to spotlight Onesimus in day three of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Inoculation was introduced to America by a slave. Few details are known about the birth of Onesimus, but it is assumed he was born in Africa in the late seventeenth century before […]

December Artist of the Month Spotlight | Allison McDonald

We are pleased to spotlight our December Artist of the Month Allison McDonald About Allison McDonald Allison McDonald is a 23 year old photographer from Rochester, NY. She recently graduated from SUNY Brockport with a degree in Studio Art and concentration in photography. She plans on going to graduate school for Art Therapy in the near […]

Community Volunteer Spotlight | Jianna Howard

We are pleased to spotlight Jianna Howard our newest Community Volunteer About Jianna Howard Jianna graduated summa cum laude from The College at Brockport this past May after earning a Bachelors of Science. She is currently working as an AmeriCorps VISTA through the Rochester Youth Year Fellowship and is placed at Jefferson Family Medicine. As […]

Summer Intern Spotlight | Michael Adams

We are pleased to spotlight Michael Adams a Workforce Development Intern & co-creator of the Urban Architecture Tour How old are you? MA: I am sixteen years old. Where were you born? MA: I was born here in Rochester What do you like to do in your free time? MA: In my free time I […]

Rochester Makers Gift Shop Business Spotlight | Jess Kreiser Illustration

We are pleased to feature Jess Kreiser of Jess Kreiser Illustration as our second Business spotlight in the Rochester Makers Gift Shop summer vendor series About Jess Kreiser Illustration Jessica Kreiser is an artist and founder of Jess Kreiser Illustration. Inspired by nature, food, stories and animals Jessica creates stunning hand illustrated cards and prints. […]

Summer Intern Spotlight | Tiara Downs

We are pleased to spotlight Tiara Downs a Workforce Development Intern & co-creator of the Urban Architecture Tour How old are you? TD: I am eighteen years old. Where were you born? TD: I was born here in Rochester What do you like to do in your free time? TD: In my free time I […]

A Thankful Word from the Director | Fall Tour Series Kickoff

Dear Community, My body isn’t cooperating on this Friday in fact, I’ve spent all day in bed in full recovery mode one day before our Anniversary Celebration. (Yikes!) So is the life of a chronic spoonie but fortunately my heart is full of joy and thankfulness. The intern’s display of black youth magic last night […]

A Wednesday Word from the Director | Fast Times & Tour Guides

Dear Community, This week’s word will be super quick. We are in the thick of practicing and planning for tomorrow’s Back to the Past Urban Art Architecture Tour kickoff event. I promise that next week’s word will be more in depth.  I am so proud of the interns and the work that they have put […]

A Special Monday Word | One Year Anniversary Mingle Week

Dear Community, Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that we celebrated 540WMain’s one year anniversary back on June 16, 2017 and plan to celebrate this milestone this Saturday August 26th from 4-7 PM I’m super excited to celebrate this Saturday with great vendors, good food, friends, and community. All week long keep […]