Buffalo celebrates a century of Black History

Feb 24, 2015

A century of Black History was celebrated in the lobby of City Hall in Buffalo.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says some of the oldest and youngest African-American contributors to the city were honored.

Students from the Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts shared there talents during Black History month celebrations in the lobby of City Hall.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Students from the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts wowed the crowd singing a special rendition of the national anthem.  
   
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown recognized several individuals and organizations that have made a positive impact in the city. 

"In celebrating the 100th anniversary of this tradition we are carrying the torch passed on to us," said Mayor Brown during the celebration.

A special arts award was given in the memory of the late Lance Diamond for his many years of music performances as Buffalo's beloved music legend.  Others were honored for community service,health care and family.

14-year old Zanda Cunningham was honored.  The very young entrepreneur has created a line of all-natural bath and body products.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown honors 14-year-oldZanda Cunningham for her work.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

"The challenge is trying to fit business and school work, I'm a freshman at Nardin and it's a big transition even without the business,"said Cunningham. 

The teen started selling her products when she was only ten. "From there, that's when I started selling my merchandise and just keep going from there," said Cunningham.

The oldest to receive the military award was William Web.  He joined the army in 1943 at the age of 16 and went on to serve for 32-years.  Web retired as Sergeant Major. 

At the end of the ceremony the Black History Committee honored Mayor Brown as Buffalo's first African American Mayor.