Guest essay by James H. Norman and Dr. Marvin A. McMickle suggests racism underlies poverty issues

Leaders of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative James H. Norman, CEO of Action for a Better Community and CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle recently co-authored an essay entitled, "The Reality of Racism." The essay, published on January 3, 2016 in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle, answers key questions concerning poverty and its underlying causes.  Both Mr. Norman and Dr. McMickle serve on the Anti-Poverty Initiative committee and are co-chairs of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative's Structural Racism Resource Team.

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An Indictment is not a Conviction by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

The recent indictment of the police officer accused of killing Tamir Rice angered many people, including CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle.

Dr. McMickle spoke out on this issue in the December 28, 2015 issue of the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle. Read the article here:

Merry Christmas from CRCDS!

WIN_20151213_163704Dear Friends,

In just a few hours, we will gather together with friends and family to celebrate the joyful birth of the Christ child. While we contemplate the joy this Good News brings to our world, we offer special thanks for you and for each and every member of the CRCDS family.

On behalf of all of us at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, I wish you a blessed Christmas and happy, healthy 2016.

Peace to you,


Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D.
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School


Antonin Scalia said what? A "Unite Rochester" blog by CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ignited furor across all racial lines when he recently suggested that African American students might be better off if they chose not to attend elite colleges that might "move too fast" for them to keep up in class.

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle responded to Justice Scalia's comments in a recent blog. Read it here:


CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle attends racism conference in Charleston, S.C.

Six months after the deadly shootings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle attended a three-day conference in that city, attending a worship service at the church where nine people were killed.

Asked about the purpose of the conference, Dr. McMickle said, “We’re not going to be able to resolve the issues of racism alone, whether it is the black church alone or the white church alone. I think both hands have to be on the plow.”

The Conference of National Black Churches organized the event, which drew  hundreds of pastors from all over the country.

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