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Urban Action 3/27

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

Lecture on diversity

Nazareth College will present the lecture, "Diversity in America: Challenges and Opportunities for Educating Citizens in the Global Age," by James Banks at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. Banks is a leader in multicultural education and professor at the University of Washington. His lecture will be held in the Arts Center.

City budget forum

The City of Rochester will hold a Voice of the Customer public forum at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, to solicit feedback on the city's $28 million budget gap for the coming fiscal year. The meeting will be held in the southeast section of the city at School 1, 85 Hillside Avenue. Two more Voice of the Customer forums on the budget will follow.

Week of lectures at Colgate

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School will present the lecture, "Reruns in Color: God, the Bible, Civil Rights, and Marriage Equality," by theologian the Rev. Dr. Horace Griffin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. Griffin will explore challenges to same-sex marriage in the black church. The event is part of a weeklong series of lectures, "Challenges of the 21st Century," at the CRCDS campus, 1100 South Goodman Street, from Monday, April 1, through Friday, April 5. Information:

Film about migration to US

Rochester Committee on Latin America will present a showing of the documentary film "Why We Come," at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3. The film examines why migrants leave Mexico and Central America, and their adjustment to living and working in the US. The film will be shown at Downtown Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street.

LBJ bio talk

Friends of the Rochester Public Library will present a discussion on the book, "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson," at 12:12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. Jim Kraus, retired city school teacher, and Malik Evans, city school board president, will lead the discussion on Robert Caro's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography. The event will be held at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue.

Discussion on creating social change

MK Gandhi Institute will present a talk, "Stepping Back to Step Forward," by activist Ryan David Acuff at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. Acuff asks: How can the underlying causes of violence and suffering be addressed without systemic and social change? The event will be held at 929 South Plymouth Avenue.