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Gov. Andrew Cuomo charged Sunday that the Trump administration’s plan to distribute and allocate a vaccine for COVID-19 will not adequately serve communities of color, which were already hit harder by the virus at its peak in New York.

Buffalo NAACP

The NAACP has never been a group without a cause, above and beyond civil rights. Monday evening's meeting of the Buffalo branch showed that, covering a variety of issues from the census to health. 

Downtown Buffalo's protest Saturday night, like those in so many other cities across the nation and the world, was sparked by last week's death of George Floyd, who was suffocated by a Minneapolis police officer. Rev. Mark Blue, President of the Buffalo branch of the NAACP, says the protests show the need for  change in how police perform their duties. 

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"Filling in the gaps" was the term being used as cars slowly made their way through the parking lot of Mt. Olive Baptist Church on East Delavan Avenue on Buffalo’s East Side Wednesday. 

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The NAACP collegiate chapter at SUNY Buffalo State has issued nine demands to improve the treatment of students, faculty and staff of color on campus.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the college leader is working to address concerns.

In 1967, over 100 cities, large and small, exploded in fire and violence, the result of decades of discrimination against black populations in places like Cleveland, Nashville, Boston and Newark. The biggest riot at the time was in Detroit. After five days of rioting, 33 blacks and 10 whites were dead and property damage totaled more than $100 million.

Heritage Moments: W.E.B. Du Bois, the Niagara Movement and the ‘mighty current’ of black protest

Feb 12, 2018
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For black people at the turn of the 20th century, America was a harrowing place to be. It was a land of legally sanctioned discrimination, widespread lynchings, enforced poverty and open, constant insult. Black leaders tried different strategies to help African-Americans cope with these conditions.

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Reaching back half a century to Martin Luther King Jr., economic activists have revived King's Poor People's Campaign with the Truth Commission on Poverty.

The NAACP — which at 108 years old must balance both its storied legacy as the nation's oldest civil rights group and the potential for irrelevance amid a fresh wave of racial justice groups born of social media such as Black Lives Matter — decided to shake things up a bit on Saturday.

The organization announced its new president and CEO and its intention to alter its tax status to a non-profit category that permits more aggressive political lobbying.

Erie County Executive's Office

Local officials and business owners came together for the signing of a new executive order that focuses on hiring local labor for large construction projects in Erie County.

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The area surrounding Broadway and Michigan Avenue is historic for Buffalo's African-American community because of ties with the Underground Railroad and the founding of the NAACP. However, an old building at that corner is the future.

The NAACP has issued a travel advisory for the state of Missouri, citing recent "race-based incidents" and new state legislation that makes it harder for fired employees to prove racial discrimination.

It's the first time the national civil rights organization has issued a travel warning for an entire state, the Kansas City Star reports.

The group warns "African American travelers, visitors and Missourians" to "exercise extreme caution" in the state.

Ride-sharing is already available in WNY

Mar 20, 2017
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Uber and the NAACP issued a joint report Monday that calls on state lawmakers to approve ride-hailing service - or ride-sharing - across Upstate.


After leading the NAACP Buffalo Branch for the past two decades, Frank Mesiah is handing the reins to the organization's new president. The Reverend Mark Blue says he'd like to have a "resurgence of education" on what the NAACP is, and what it isn't.

Minority workers in the Buffalo-Niagara region make around 70 cents for each dollar earned by white workers, according to new report from the Partnership for the Public Good.

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The Buffalo branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People celebrated 100 years of activism, along with the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth on Sunday night.

New life breathed into former East Side hub

May 19, 2015
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More affordable housing is coming to Buffalo's East Side thanks to some help from Washington. The Federal Home Loan Bank is providing a $300,000 grant for Bellamy Commons on Jefferson Avenue near East Ferry Street.

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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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Many African Americans continue to feel a racial imbalance in our community.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports black males experience a great deal of profiling.

Local NAACP leader calls for peace

Nov 25, 2014
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Both Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and the city's local leader of the NAACP Chapter are calling for peace in response to the violent reaction in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Symposium reflects on 60 years of school desegregation

Jul 30, 2014
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In commemoration of the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, “Brown v. Board of Education,” a symposium was held at the Central Library in Buffalo Tuesday. The event featured a panel of community stakeholders, discussing how the decision impacted local public schools and neighborhoods.

Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor

Local African-American leaders are celebrating the addition of the original Buffalo Zoo entrance to the National Register of Historic Places.

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The U.S. health care system may not be ready for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act by October 1, and many potential new users may not know about potential coverage.