civil rights

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Racism, bigotry, and Donald Trump were denounced Wednesday during a prayer vigil in the historic Durham Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in downtown Buffalo.

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Buffalo State College welcomed long-time Civil Rights leader Andrew Young Jr. to their campus Thursday evening.  Young is a former U.S. Congressman and United Nations ambassador. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to meet with Young at The Mansion on Delaware in Buffalo to discuss his views on racism, racial equity and poverty.  

WBFO's Mike Desmond

With a week to go before a removal hearing in Albany, Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino is fighting back with a federal lawsuit saying the board and its governing majority is violating his First Amendment Constitutional rights.

Harriet Tubman National Historical Park becomes reality

Jan 10, 2017
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New York lawmakers and federal parks officials gathered in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to formally establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in New York.

The issue of carding, which has been a subject of much debate in the City of Toronto, may be over. It appears that the Ontario government has taken its own steps on carding and out of the hands of Toronto’s lawmakers.


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Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama that came to be known as “Bloody Sunday.” When the marches were happening, NAACP Buffalo Branch President, Frank Mesiah, was active in civil rights in Buffalo.

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President Obama issued a memorandum today regarding the collection of personal data through the use of drones.

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If the name of the late President Millard Fillmore is placed on any new buildings or sites, a local civil rights group says the "whole story" must be told.

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About 140 Buffalo Public School students received a history lesson in civil rights outside their classrooms Thursday. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says students from six city schools saw the movie Selma at the Regal Theater on Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo.


Cop Block of WNY

A former Buffalo police officer was sentenced to one-year probation and fined $3,000 for two civil rights violations. John Cirulli was sentenced in Federal court Monday.

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Rochester-resident Macnore Cameron was released early Sunday morning after 24 hours in custody with the Saint Louis County police department.

As Monday marked the Martin Luther King Day holiday, news came from the State Education Department that the New York State Museum in Albany has discovered an audio recording in its archives of a speech King delivered in the early 1960s.

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The March on Washington 50 years ago today is bringing back special memories for some local residents who took part in the event.