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Urban Action 3/16

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. All are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Book discussion at Central Library

Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present the book discussion "Between the World and Me" from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22. Author Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the history of racism in America. James Sheppard, Monroe County legislator and retired Rochester police chief, will lead the discussion. The event will be held at the Central Library's Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue.

Film documents lynching horror

Several faith and community action groups will present "Shadows of the Lynching Tree" at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23. The documentary film tells the story of a young black farmhand who was tortured and lynched in front of the McLennan County courthouse in Waco, Texas. More than 15,000 people traveled to watch and participate in the spectacle. The film will be shown at Trinity Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 9 Shelter Street.

Faithful will carry the cross on Good Friday

Faith communities and residents of the 19th Ward neighborhood will hold its annual "Good Friday Cross Walk" on Friday, March 25. The event depicts some of the solemn last hours of Christ. It will begin with a short prayer service at St. Monica's Church, 831 Genesee Street, at 8:45 a.m., and at 9 a.m. the walk will proceed with youth carrying the symbolic wooden cross of Christ through the neighborhood. There will be seven stops during the walk, which will be about 1.5 miles long. Many of the city's religious and community leaders are participating in the event. Information: the Rev. Alan Dailey, 330-8744, or