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

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Jeffery Boyd

President of Rochester Community and Technical College

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Wale Elegbede

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

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Muntaas Farah

Somali-American activist

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Joyce Gibbs

Longtime educator who has lived in Rochester since 1963

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Ken Henry

Advertising Director, Post Bulletin

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Tamika Loving

Minister, wife, mother

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Kristopher D. Loving Sr.

Minister, sports official, entrepreneur

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Sandra Means

First Black woman elected to the Rochester City Council

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