The Rochester Black Personhood Initiative exists to educate the community toward an understanding of the personhood of all, especially the black preborn girl and boy, laying a foundation for a personhood amendment to the constitution of  New York State.

The Initiative is the result of a coalition of concerned organizations, and is lead by a executive team of pastors and leaders in the Black and Hispanic communities.

A person is an organism with unique human DNA governing his or her own maturation from conception to natural death. Every person bears the image of God. Any person, therefore, demands our utmost dignity, respect, and protection—man, woman, boy and girl—from the womb to the tomb.

In 1787 we asked, “AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER?” and we overcame.

In 1837 we asked, “AM I NOT A WOMAN AND A SISTER?” and we were victors.

The time has come for us to raise our voice for the future of our people: