Landmark Society’s ‘Walk the Walk’ goes virtual

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Monroe County Post

The Landmark Society of Western New York is sharing the stories of Frederick Douglass and other African Americans from Rochester’s past with “Walk the Walk.”

“We’re excited to announce that, this year, we have produced a film version that will be available on our website and free to all,” said Cindy Boyer, director of public programs. “This is not just a recording of the stage performance, but a full-length dramatic film.” 

The Landmark Society partnered with Genesee Country Village and Museum to film in historic settings as the actors bring to life the stories of Rochester’s ancestors. 

David Dwayne Clarke appears in “Walk the Walk” as abolitionist and author Austin Steward.

The film can be used for virtual classrooms, in-person classes and homeschooling. Pre- and post-visit materials are available. Email cboyer@landmarksociety.org for information. 

“The film includes the amazing stories of impressive individuals such as Austin Steward, Bessie Hamm and others from Rochester’s past,” said board member Shawn Dunwoody, who portrays late 18th-century frontiersman Captain Sunfish.

Shawn Dunwoody portrays Captain Sunfish in the Landmark Society’s film “Walk the Walk: Encounters with Rochester’s African American Ancestors.

“Walk the Walk” has brought some of Rochester’s richest characters to life for Black History Month since 1996. Visit landmarksociety.org to view the film. 

“Although the performance cannot be offered live this year due to the pandemic, it is a must-see for anyone who appreciates history, theater and the ribbons of experience that tie all humans together,” Boyer said. “We are thrilled we could bring it to a bigger audience on film.”