Can We Create a Truly Equitable Community?

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

– Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass committed his life to fight for equity. Today, we carry on his legacy and do the same.

While there have been great strides made since Frederick Douglass’s fight in the 19th century, there is still much work to be done. Throughout the country, racism, inequity, and discrimination against people of color continue to manifest themselves.

The time to act is now! Join Our Cause.

High Falls, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Rochester NY

Statistics: Racism in Rochester, NY

Black Latino White
Children living in poverty in Monroe County 2014-2018 50% 42% 12%
Median household incomes in Monroe county $30,034 $33,331 $64,468
The percent of students tested who met or exceeded the state standard on the NYS Grade 3 Math exam 28% 32% 63%
Incarceration rates by race/ethnicity 2015 68.5 30.6 8.5

Children living in poverty in Monroe County 2014-2018

  • Black: 50%
  • Latino: 42%
  • White: 12%

Median household incomes in Monroe county

  • Black: $30,034
  • Latino: $33,331
  • White: $64,468

The percent of students tested who met or exceeded the state standard on the NYS Grade 3 Math exam

  • Black: 28%
  • Latino: 32%
  • White: 63%

Incarceration rates by race/ethnicity 2015

  • Black: 68.5%
  • Latino: 30.6%
  • White: 8.5%
ending racism, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Rochester NY
In 2019, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives moved its headquarters to Rochester, NY. A city with stark economic, health, and educational disparities between minority groups, Rochester has the capability to become a model of a truly equitable community.
combatting racist policies, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Rochester NY
FDFI will leverage the legacy of Frederick Douglass, his ideas about the power of knowledge, and his insistence that we must agitate, agitate, agitate, to combat racist policies and a long-prevailing current of racial discrimination.
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, How To Be An Antiracist program, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Rochester NY

How To Be An Antiracist

On November 18, 2019, Ibram X. Kendi presented his new book, How To Be An Antiracist, at the Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester, NY. Presenting to a sold-out crowd, this conversation with young people, leaders, and community members set the tone for change and is just the beginning for FDFI’s initiative in Rochester.

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