Beginning in 2021, the City of Buffalo will recognize Juneteenth as a holiday, during which city government employees will get a paid day off. Mayor Byron Brown made it official Friday morning, while marking Juneteenth 2020 in MLK Park.
One of the largest Juneteenth festivals in the United States is set to kick off Saturday in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and the surrounding neighborhood. Work crews were out in the neighborhood on a cool and blustery Friday, sprucing up the greenspace.
The protest group Just Resisting is demanding changes in the way Martin Luther King Park's casino is used. It is part of a larger fight for a smaller police force and more community input in city activities.