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2012 Walk the Walk – Encounters with Rochester’s African American Ancestors

February 9, 2012 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

NOTE: You are viewing the Calendar listing for the 2012 edition of Walk the Walk. Please visit our Events Calendar page to view information about the 2013 performances of Walk the Walk. Thank you!

Walk The Walk teaches about our shared heritage.

Austin Steward never gave up on his dream of owning his own shop. Despite great obstacles he faced, including threats and bullying, the former slave became successful businessman and the proud proprietor of one of the finest meat markets in town. Many have heard the name of Frederick Douglass, but did you know he was a world traveler? He crossed the globe, speaking to heads of state and kings. Yet despite his stature, his wife Anna struggled daily for equal treatment while home raising their family. And George Brown was once bought and sold like property for $1,450. This incredible man also served his country in the Civil War, and actually fought on both sides of the conflict!

Each of these folks – some of Rochester’s most remarkable citizens – helped to pave the way on the long road towards equal rights for all people. Come join us as they return to the city they made home to entertain, educate and inspire during Walk the Walk: Encounters with Rochester’s African-American Ancestors.

Now in its 15th year, Walk the Walk is offered to the public during a single performance only, at Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams Street, Rochester. Stay tuned–we’ll be announcing the date and time of this performance soon!

Information for Teachers:

School-specific performances that meet NYS Learning Standards are scheduled for for the mornings of February 9 & 10 at the Hochstein Music School. These performances are for children in grades 3 and higher.

  • These performances 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 their historical predecessors. Walk the Walk is also aligned with the District’s emphasis on English and Social Studies partnerships. Students experience local history in a literary context.
  • *The program supports NYS social studies learning standards (1, 2) English Language Arts (1, 2, 3 and 4) and Arts (1, 3.) Pre and post visit student materials will also be provided.
  • Follow this link for printable Walk the Walk school registration forms. Walk the Walk Download Form PDF.

Walk the Walk (Pen) Pals Program

A pen pal program is a great way to help your students improve writing, editing and communication skills. It also encourages the student to increase their self-awareness. Introducing oneself to a pen pal in a written letter gives the student practice in assessing him or herself, a tool that is used throughout one’s life in job or college applications. Pen pal programs help students learn about a world outside their own classroom, school and home neighborhood. With the Walk the Walk (Pen) Pals Program, your students and their pen pals will share the common experience of preparing for this unique program – and the excitement of actually meeting their Pal at the event! Download the registration form with more information.

For additional questions call Cindy Boyer at 585-546-7029 x12 or email

Major support for Walk the Walk comes from:

Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation

Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation

The Community Foundation

M & T Bank 

Bergmann Associates, Inc. 

The Links, Inc., Rochester Chapter


February 9, 2012
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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NY United States