Rochester Magazine reached out to a number of locals to tell their stories about being Black in Rochester.

The responses were eye-opening. Thought-provoking. Powerful.

And, sometimes, stunningly simple.

In Part I of our Black in Rochester video series, we asked for a short answer to a complicated question:

"What can we all do in everyday life to help make things better when it comes to the issue of race?"

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The answer--to quote one respondent--"can be comically common-sensical."

"Ask dumb questions." "Read a book--just one book--on the history of race relations." "Take a Black person to get coffee."

Here are those video answers, in clips of a minute or two each.

Dwayne Alfred

Volunteer basketball and football coach

Jeffery Boyd

President of Rochester Community and Technical College

Wale Elegbede

Vice president of the Rochester chapter of the NAACP and director of strategy management services at Mayo Clinic

Muntaas Farah

Somali-American activist

Joyce Gibbs

Longtime educator who has lived in Rochester since 1963

Ken Henry

Advertising Director, Post Bulletin

Tamika Loving

Minister, wife, mother

Kristopher D. Loving Sr.

Minister, sports official, entrepreneur

Sandra Means

First Black woman elected to the Rochester City Council

Black in Rochester? Tell your story.

Thanks for checking out our Black in Rochester videos.

We'd like to hear your stories, too. It's important.

A moment of seemingly subtle racism? A moment in which someone else stood up against racism in your presence? Something others can do to help make things better when it comes to the issue of race?

Simply record your story (1-2 minutes works best) and send it to