Black History Month

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Buffalo high school students brought to life the words of a playwright who was described in his obituary as “theater’s poet of Black America” earlier this month.

Most Western New Yorkers know a little about the history of Old Fort Niagara. What hasn’t always been clear is the role of African Americans at the fort.

WBFO’s Brigid Valenza took a tour with the fort’s executive director, Robert Emerson, who explained some of its special hidden history.


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This Black History Month, a local Facebook campaign is sharing the stories of African American educators who have helped shape Buffalo’s educational system. The campaign is also raising awareness for the first-ever Excellence in Education Awards scheduled to be held in May.

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The Underground Railroad, the Nash House and the Colored Musicians Club are often mentioned as sigficiant Black history sites in Western New York. But a now-empty lot on Michigan Avenue also holds historical significance.

Uncrowned Queens celebrating 20 years

Feb 18, 2019
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During Black History Month Buffalo's Uncrowned Queens has been calling on community members to help preserve stories for generations to come.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the organization is celebrating its 20th year.

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African-American high-school and collegiate students competed Wednesday night in Buffalo’s second annual Black History Month Oratorical competition. This year’s topic was, “Are we still feeling the effects of slavery, or do we live in a time when black men and women have equal opportunity to succeed?”

WBFO's Nick Lippa produced an audio postcard of the students’ speeches to the backing of former UB professor and legendary jazz bassist Charles Mingus’ Freedom.

Photography changed a woman’s path in life

Feb 6, 2019
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

An award-winning local photographer has created a new exhibit called Through The Lens: “Warriors" now on display at CEPA Gallery in downtown Buffalo.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckely sat down with Aitina Fareed-Cooke, the owner & creative director of Get Fokus'd Productions, who selected eight stories about people who beat the odds, just as she did.

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Black History Month ended with quite the fanfare at Buffalo’s City Hall Wednesday. Awards were handed out to community members for the annual City Hall Black History Month program. That includes an local 11-year-old CEO.

In honor of Black History Month the Michigan Street Baptist Church is holding several free events this February.

Lawmakers celebrate Black History Month

Feb 7, 2012
WBFO News photo by Ashley Hassett

The Buffalo Common Council recognized Black History Month Tuesday with a poetry reading from local seventh grader, Randi Noble.

Noble, who attends St. John the Baptist School in Tonawanda, read a poem entitled "I stand" by Akili Amina. She said the poem means a lot to her and it really helps people understand the importance of Black History Month.

"I'm honored to be in this position and I just hope I get more opportunities to do this, because I love to do this. I love to read and It's black history month and that's really important to me," said Noble.