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WNY HAS THE HIGHEST COVID-19 POSITIVITY RATE IN THE STATE. PLEASE MASK UP!

Terrance and Nina Heard:

Elevating Educators is Their Mission Page 5

JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD It’s Not The End. It’s The Beginning! Page 11

Rochester’s Peoples Choice Restaurant Celebrates 20th Anniversary Page 2

Say Their Names! Buffalo Homeowner’s Front Yard is a Teaching Moment Page 10

JUST BUFFALO CIVIL WRITES PROJECT:

Ground Breaking Author Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation

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April 22, 2021 | FREE | thechallengernews.com | Community News


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INSIDE ROCHESTER

Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •April 22, 2021

Rochester Residents Urged to Register for "BAG Live": Weekly Facebook Event Where Covid Vaccine at City Vaccination Sites Local Black Leaders

Evangela “Van” Stanley above, with Mayor Warren who presented her with a Key to the City. Pictured right, Ms. Stanley with two of her employees.

Peoples Choice Restaurant Celebrating 20th Anniversary! Congratulations goes out to local restaurant owner Evangela “Van” Stanley of Peoples Choice Restaurant who is celebrating 20 years in business! Here is her story in her own words: “My son’s father, Mark Walker, always wanted to open a restaurant in Rochester, New York. His mom had a restaurant in Jamaica and he wanted to open one here. We opened in 2001 on Chili Avenue for 15 years - ten of those years at 507 Chili and five years at 651 Chili Ave. We are currently located at 575 Brooks Avenue at the corner of Thurston Road. “ The love of community keeps me going and it’s not a job for me. I love giving back and coming in every day. This is what I do. I really take pride in my cooking and seeing customers expressions when they see their food. My son Egypt continues to get involved more in the family business as we grow our product line. Our Jerk Sauce is now sold in all 29 Salvatore Pizzerias, and our latest partnership with Boss Sauce, who bottles and distributes my Jerk Sauce, can be purchased at many meat markets in Monroe County." “I thank God from whom all blessings flow and without Him none of this would be possible. I’m driven about keeping me and my son's legacy alive.” Van’s advice to young people thinking about getting into business? “Be driven. This is like a marriage , a union. You’ve got to have a great work ethic, a love for people and community, and love working, because I have been at it 20 years and it just seems like a few years . I’m truly a workaholic!” Stop by Rochester’s legendary Peoples Choice Restaurant at 575 Brooks Ave and congratulate Evangela Van Stanley and her talented team on successfully withstanding the test of time. And be sure to get yourself some delicious comfort food made with love! Van’s specialty is her jerk chicken. People’s Choice is also known for its famous Jerk Chicken Salad. Call (585) 464-8790 to order or for more information. -Submitted by George Radney

Office of Special Events Accepting Applications The City of Rochester Office of Special Events is accepting applications now through May 1 deadline. Festivals, races /walks, parades, concerts, film shoots, fireworks displays, rallies, demonstrations, and block parties (all block parties are required to end by dusk), etc require a special Event Permit. May 1 is the final day to submit an application for a festival or major event for Summer 2021. Block parties are not included in this deadline. For more information and to download a permit application, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/eventpermit. If you want to speak with someone call (585) 428-6690, email them or come to City Hall, 30 Church Street, Room 203A.

Mayor Lovely A. Warren was recently joined by Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, City Department of Recreation and Human Services Commissioner Daniele Lyman-Torres and community partner representatives to encourage city residents to get vaccinated at a neighborhood COVID-19 vaccination POD. Over the next three weeks, residents aged 16 and over who live in the zip codes of 14604, 14605, 14606, 14607, 14608, 14609, 14610, 14611, 14613, 14614, 14615, 14619, 14620, 14621, 14622 can access COVID-19 vaccination appointments at one of four neighborhood PODs. Vaccination clinics will take place Thursdays through Sundays on the following dates and at the following locations: Ibero-American Action League, 817 E. Main Street Rochester N.Y. 14605 and Rochester Riverside Convention Center 123 E. Main St. Rochester, NY 14604 • Thursday, April 22 Greater Harvest Baptist Church: 121 Driving Park Ave, Rochester, NY 14613 •Friday, April 23 Jackson R-Center: 485 N. Clinton Ave, Rochester NY 14605 •Saturday, April 17 Edgerton R-Center: 41 Backus St, Rochester, NY 14608 •Sunday, April 25 Ryan R-Center: 530 Webster Ave, Rochester, NY 14609 and Rochester Riverside Convention Center 123 E. Main St. Rochester NY 14604 • Saturday, April 24 Edgerton R-Center, 41 Backus st., Rochester NY 14608 • Sunday April 25

Appointments can be scheduled by visiting monroecounty.gov, calling (585) 753-5555 or through the following Community Based Organizations: United Way of Greater Rochester; Ibero American Action League; Lifespan, Person Centered Housing Strategies; Refugees Helping Refugees; and Community Health Worker Association Vaccination PODs will receive clinical support from the University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester Regional

Health.

Discuss The Challenges And Progress Of Equity In Rochester

The Commission on Racial and Structural Equity will share survey results prepared by Center for Government Research during "BAG Live," a weekly Facebook live where local Black leaders discuss the challenges and progress of equity in Rochester. On Tuesday 27, local RASE leaders (Commission on Racial and Structural Equity) will join in to discuss various elements like policing, criminal justice, education, human support services, mental health addiction services and more. Live from BAG's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook. com/RocBlackAgendaGroup

TALK PRO P L U S Hosted by

The Radman

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The Mighty O’Ba (Patrick Freeman)

105.5 FM “The Beat” Rochester Every Saturday 7AM – 8AM “Taking you to the locker room and beyond!”

Jurors in the Daniel Prude Case Voted Overwhelmingly in Favor of Police A grand jury voted overwhelmingly not to charge three officers with criminally negligent homicide in the death of Daniel Prude. Mr. Prude became part of a fraught national conversation around racism and brutality in policing after body camera video of his confrontation with the police was released in September. In the video, released months after his death after city officials tried to conceal it, Mr. Prude is seen naked, wearing a hood officers put over his head and handcuffed, lying facedown on the street. Fifteen jurors voted not to indict the officers; five disagreed. Don Thompson, a lawyer for Joe Prude, Daniel’s brother, said the minutes, and the jury’s decision not to indict any officers, showed the excessive leeway the police are given when using force in the course of their job.


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Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •April 22, 2021

AREA BRIEFS

ELECTION 2021

Beaty Says Chauvin Verdict is Good for Police, Good for America

Erie County Sheriff Candidate Applauds Jury Decision Kimberly Beaty, candidate for Erie County Sheriff, expressed support for the guilty verdict reached by the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial. Chauvin is the disgraced police officer who slowly murdered George Floyd by kneeling on the man’s neck for more than nine-minutes while he was handcuffed.

Daniel "Danny" Leroy Billips

Services Set for Daniel Judge James A.W. McLeod “Danny” Leroy Billups Named to Michigan Street Daniel “Danny” Leroy Heritage Corridor Board Billups, fondly known as Judge McLeod

The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor has announced their newest board member, Buffalo City Court Judge James A.W. McLeod. Judge McLeod, the great nephew of educator Mary McLeod Bethune, began his legal career by becoming the second African American attorney in Buffalo history to be hired as an associate attorney with a major law firm. Having worked as a defense attorney involved in major cases, he was selected by Supreme Court Justice Samuel L. Green to become the first African American -outside of New York City -to serve as a Confidential Law Clerk. Judge McLeod's community affiliations are numerous. A proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Judge McLeod is the recipient of the Humboldt Ferry Branch Y.M.C.A. Volunteer of the Year Award, and the prestigious Buffalo Branch N.A.A.C.P. Medgar Evers Award. He recently accepted an Openness to Change award from Leadership Buffalo.

“Danny,” peacefully entered into eternal rest on April 12, 2021. He was born October 7, 1953 in Buffalo to the late Edward Lee Billups Sr. and Johnnie Mae (Saxton) Billups All services will take place at the Alan R. Core Funeral Home. A private service of remembrance for Danny will be held Friday, April 23rd at 11am for immediate family members ONLY. The service will be live-streamed via Alan R. Core Funeral Home. Family, friends, and the public may partake in the viewing on Thursday, April 22 from 4 to 8pm. Protective masks are mandatory. Danny will be missed beyond measure by all who knew him and his beautiful, bright light will shine forever in the hearts of many. ARE YOU REGITERED TO VOTE?

The deadline to register to vote is May 28 for the Primary Election which is June 22. You can register at the Erie County Board of Elections, 134 West Eagle St. Call 858-8891 for more information.

“As a former police officer, a mother, and a sister to Black men, that video was hard to watch,” said Kimberly Beaty. Beaty is the former Deputy Commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department and a long-time champion of community policing. She is also a contender for Erie County Sheriff. “Justice for people of color has been a long time coming and I hope this verdict delivers the accountability we need to begin healing.” Kimberly Beaty

This case was followed particularly closely in Erie County because of long-term abuse at the county holding center. “It was also hard to watch as a life-long resident of Erie County because 32 people have died from abuse, neglect, and mistreatment in our county holding center. I am running for Erie County Sheriff because we all deserve police who believe that dignity, respect, and fairness are at the heart of law enforcement, not at odds with it.” Beaty facilitates the Law Enforcement and Diversity Training program on “What to do when stopped by the Police” and has worked with United Neighborhoods and the University of Buffalo on the “Strategies to Reduce Racial Profiling: Buffalo New York Study Circles Project” funded by the Department of Justice COPS Office.

'Run for Something" Organization Endorses Walton for Buffalo Mayor

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uffalo mayoral candidate India Walton is proud to receive the endorsement of Run for Something (RFS), the groundbreaking organization that recruits and supports strong voices in the next generation of progressive leadership. “The endorsement of Run For Something, an organization that has been very successful in supporting the next generation of progressive leadership, denotes a significant shift in Buffalo politics,” says India. “For me, this is huge because as a first time candidate, the support of this national organization lends even more credibility and viability to my campaign.” India joins a diverse group of endorsed candidates, including three veterans, 20 parents, 11 first-generation immigrants and 6 candidates who identify as members India Walton of the disabled community; who will now have additional support for grassroots fundraising as part of a national movement. “Our newest class of endorsements bring a unique and valuable perspective to their respective communities, each committed to effecting long-overdue, necessary and progressive change within their community,” says RFS co-founder Ross Morales Rocketto. “We are at a critical time in history and the momentum these candidates generate will have a lasting impact for years to come.” The endorsement process includes an extensive internal review with background check, staff interview and insight from local state experts. Learn more at www.indiawalton.com and www.runforsomething.net.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Ida B. Wells Barnett, Anti- Lynching Crusader Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the fiery journalist, lecturer and civil rights militant was born on July 16, 1,862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She was owner of The Memphis Free Speech and Headlight and later, of the Free Speech. Wells-Barnett is best known for her tireless crusade against lynching and her fearless efforts to expose violence against Blacks. Catapulted emotionally into the cause, her life was profoundly changed on March 9, 1892, when three friends (and successful businessmen) were lynched in Tennessee. This incident stemmed from their opening a grocery store too close to their White competitors. After she spoke out against this outrage in print, her newspaper office was destroyed, and her life was threatened. But Wells-Barnett never stopped fighting for justice. She continued to write for several Black newspapers utilizing her news sources and her first-hand investigative information to show that lynching was more often used as a way to instill fear in and exert power over all Blacks. Wells-Barnett interviewed witnesses at lynchings and looked at events immediately precedContinued Page 15


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Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •April 22, 2021

BUILDING COMMUNITY AMID

Is a Third Shot in the Future?

Pfizer CEO said people will “likely” need a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated. His comments were made public last Thursday but were taped April 1.Bourla said it’s possible people will need to get vaccinated against the coronavirus annually. The comment comes after Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky told CNBC in February that people may need to get vaccinated against Covid-19 annually, just like seasonal flu shots. Researchers still don’t know how long protection against the virus lasts once someone has been fully vaccinated.

D’Youville Expands COVID-19 Testing Options for Public The D’Youville School of Pharmacy, which has offered COVID-19 rapid antigen tests since February, is now offering three different types of testing to the public at a convenient campus location. Testing is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, in the lobby of the D’Youville Academic Center, 242 Fargo Ave., Buffalo. No insurance or prescription is necessary, but individuals must register for a particular test and time at go.dyc.edu/rapid-test. In addition to the rapid antigen tests, D’Youville now offers COVID RT-PCR tests, considered the most accurate for COVID detection, and COVID antibody tests to check for previous infection and/or immunity.

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Roswell Park reminds residents that April is both Minority Cancer Awareness Month and Minority Health Month, and the start of spring makes this a great time to think about adopting some healthy habits, making some changes and getting important health screenings. Many cancers are linked to obesity, and the arrival of nicer weather provides more opportunities for people to get outside, get some fresh air and exercise in the open while also keeping a safe distance from others. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, with about 80% of lung cancer deaths and 40% of cancer deaths overall caused by tobacco use. Roswell Park offers help for people who want to quit smoking — an effective way to decrease the risk of lung cancer. Visit nysmokefree.com or call 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487). Roswell Park also provides lung cancer screening that involves a low-dose CT scan, for people between the ages of 55-79 who have smoked in the last 15 years (even if you’ve quit) and who smoked at least a pack of cigarettes every day for 30 years (or an equal amount). If you’re not sure of your risk of lung cancer, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) to find out whether you should be screened. Colorectal, prostate cancer rates are higher in minority communities. Colorectal cancer remains the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women and is expected to cause about 52,980 deaths in 2021. Although deaths from colorectal cancer have decreased overall in recent years, they have been rising among people younger than 55. Younger people, es-

LIVING STRONG!

daily support supplements to support your immune system and protect against viruses Ankh wedja seneb : “Be alive, that you can consult your phystrong & healthy!” sician or practitioner about; •Liquid Zinc Sulfate feeds the immune system. Zinc is supposed to be our immune system’s number one defense. •B12 with Adenosylcobalamin and Methylcobalamin. This supplement can help protect your entire body from neurotoxin damage from viruses. •Lemon Balm. This antiviral her fights off all kinds of viruses. Good for viruses that upset your stomach and offers stress assistance. Consider taking alcohol-free lemon balm. •Cat’s Claw, one of the most powerful antivirals. One of the best tools against all viruses, sinus infections, sore throats, earaches, urinary track infections, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, lung infections and more. •L-Lysine hinders and slows down viruses. •Vitamin C, an antioxidant that feeds your immune system. Vitamin C is also an anti-inflammatory. •Spirulina strengthens the immune system and helps stop viral growth. •Mullein Leaf is helpful for preventing viral infections. •Goldenseal is good for acute viral infections such as colds, flus and other viruses. (Source: The Medical Medium Anthony Williams Virus Protection)

pecially younger Black men and women, are more likely to get colorectal cancer — and to die of it — than any other racial group in the United States, for reasons that are not yet fully understood. About 90% of people who die from colorectal cancer are over the age of 50, but people under the age of 50 who are diagnosed with the disease are more likely to have advanced cases by the time the cancer is discovered. Black men are one and a half times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and are more than twice as likely to die from the disease. It’s also the most-diagnosed cancer in Hispanic men. For prostate cancer, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends early screening tests for Black men, or any men with a father or brother who had prostate cancer, especially if they were under the age of 60 at the time of diagnosis. If you have had genetic testing that found a genetic mutation linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer, you may also qualify for early screening Continued Page 5

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Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •April 22, 2021

Capital Connect NY hosts Step By Step Virtual Training May 3rd

With a new national and state focus on small businesses, there are countless opportunities for funding. Capital Connect NY, a coalition of four Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) invested in the Western NY region: Launch NY, PathStone Enterprise Center, Pursuit , and The Westminster Economic Development Institute (WEDI), will kick off “Step By Step,” a virtual event series to train local business owners on May 3 at 4:00 pm with a focus on how and where to secure local, state, and federal funding. To RSVP for the event please go to: https://www.capitalconnectny.org/webinar-where-to-find-business-funding/ Business owners can also connect directly to CapitalConnectNY.org to receive information on grants up to $10,000, equity financing up to $100,000, business loans from $500 to $500,000, and free one-to-one business coaching on a range of business skills. The intention of this event is to grow the small business community in Western NY.

Are you registered to VOTE?

Come One! Come All!

The First Fruits Food Pantry Is Open!

Offering Healthy Food Options Free To The Community

NEW TIME! Tuesdays 4-6 PM & Saturdays From 10 A.M. To 12 NOON Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, 641 Masten @ Northland No Forms To Fill Out, No Proof Of Income Or Residency Etc. Just The Blessing Of Good Food! While You’re There Check Out The Lincoln Memorial. Clothes Closet! “Fighting Food Insecurity & Meeting the Needs of The People.” Rev. George Nicholas, Pastor, Lincoln Memorial UMC Rita Hubbard Robinson, Coordinator, First Fruits Food Pantry

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and entrepreneur, returned to Buffalo in 2012 he saw a need to help uplift a message of greatness in his birth city. Prior to moving to Atlanta for a new career opportunity, Terrance served as an educator for the City of Buffalo teaching History and Electrical Shop at Seneca Vocational High School in addition to serving as an Assistant High School Coach for basketball, football, softball, and soccer programs. Elected in 2019, he currently serves as an At-Large Member for the Buffalo Board of Education. Terrance found the perfect partner when he married Nina S. Heard, a native of Detroit Michigan and General Motors Global Supply Chain Executive. Nina embraced the love of community. Her list of volunteer activities range from serving as a board member for Every Person Influences Children(EPIC) and the American Cancer Society of WNY, to the Northland Workforce Training Center and a volunteer with the Willie Hutch Jones Educational & Sports Program. At one point she even served as National Pre-Teen Choir Director for Church of God, Inc. in Nashville, TN . Together Terrance and Nina quietly created Friends for a Better Buffalo in 2015 with a vision to create an organization that serves to

throughout Western New York. Friends For A Better Buffalo, a 501(c)(3) not for profit, consists of a group of Western New Yorkers who take pride in their region and work together to establish and promote positive community events. Last year the organization introduced and hosted their signature event, Excellence in Education Awards Buffalo with the goal of elevating the work of outstanding Buffalo teachers, principals, and support staff. Due to the COVID pandemic, 2020 was a challenging year to host such an event, however it motivated the founders and committee to quickly pivot and reimagine the in-person event to create an engaging virtual awards experience that was televised on WBBZ TV. “It was important to move forward. The work and contributions of many of our Buffalo educators are often unknown and unrecognized,” stated Terrance “It was a privilege to recognize the 2020 Excellence In Education Award finalists’ commitment to Buffalo and Western New York and to celebrate them for being an unyielding force for our students and the community,” added Nina. Leading up to the this year’s awards event the committee has highlighted educators and finalists on social media

MINORITY CANCER AWARENESS continued

for prostate cancer (before the age of 45). Women need regular screenings, Too Roswell Park also offers mammograms, a routine screening for breast cancer that women are encouraged to get regularly starting at age 40. While Black women are not diagnosed with breast cancer as frequently as white women, Black women are more likely to die from it when it is found, making mammograms and regular breast screenings even more important. Women also should be screened for cervical cancer starting at age 21, with regular Pap tests every three years between the ages of 21-29. Women between the ages of 30-65 should have regular Pap tests and HPV tests every five years. If a woman has been diagnosed with cervical pre-cancer, she should continue to be screened after the age of 65. Roswell Park actively works to reduce cancer health disparities by improving access to all our services and cancer education in both English and Spanish and by addressing barriers that keep many people from seeking medical help. For more information, please go to roswellpark.org/screening or call 1-800 ROSWELL (1-800 767-9355).

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Free “Step By Step” Terrance and Nina Heard: Their Mission To Elevate Educators Began 23 Years Ago Training Series for Local Celebrating the 2021 Excellence in Education Awards May 2 hen Terrance L. Connect, Advocate, Serve Business Owners Heard, a former as a Resource, and Educate Buffalo teacher residents in Buffalo and

Nina and Terrance L. Heard

and hosted a pre-event red carpet stroll and photo session. “During this unprecedented time across the world, where educators had to adapt quickly to teaching virtually rather than in person, we are excited to announce the opportunity to salute and celebrate teachers, support staff, and administrators, our unsung heroes in Buffalo public, private, and charter schools,” stated Terrance Heard. This year the organization received 400 nominations! “We were thrilled and very proud that residents and educators understood the dedication and took the time to recognize their colleagues and local educators. The downside is that the committee cannot award all the nominees,” stated Nina Heard. Excellence in Education will recognize and award some of the best educators throughout Buffalo. Out of 400 entries this year, 125 were selected as finalists who will be recognized on May 2. The virtual celebration, scheduled to kickoff Teachers Appreciation Week, will air as a premier virtual black-tie event telecast Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. across the eight counties of Western New York on WBBZ-TV (channels 67 and 5), as well as simultaneously on the Excellence In Education Awards Buffalo Facebook page. This year’s accomplished emcees include Kameron Woods, a Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing

Arts graduate and actor, film director, assistant director and producer, and Emily Lampa, cohost of the AM Buffalo, a multiple awardwinning journalist. In addition, Daniel Croix, a film, television, and theatre actor, will provide encouraging remarks dedicated to the finalists and Buffalo Public School students. Daniel, who currently stars in the white-house drama ‘The Oval’ on BET as Jason, son of the president, attended high school at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. The public is invited to an enjoyable evening watching the the 2021 winners, talented entertainers, presentations by Buffalo community leaders and special guest appearances. In a joint statement the Heards issued a thank you to their sponsors. “We would like to thank our dedicated sponsors and supporters which include but not limited to: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, BlueCross BlueShield WNY, Buffalo Teachers Federation, Independent Health Foundation, M&T Bank, and G - H E A LT H / G B A U G H N (Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare and Media sponsors such as The Challenger Community News and WUFO Power Mix 1080 and Power 96.5 .” To learn more about the event and Friends for a Better Buffalo visit their Facebook page @ExcellenceinEducationBuffalo and website at www.friendsforabetterbuffalo.org. -Submitted by Jennifer J. Parker


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Join us for Virtual Bible Study every Thursday @ 12 PM! If you have questions or need help getting on Zoom email: FRIENDSINCDCC@ GMAIL.COM or call (716)882-0602.

Free Food Giveaway Metropolitan UM Church, located at 657 Best Street will hold a Free Food Giveaway every 2nd Monday of each month 11, a.m. – 1 p.m. All are welcome. Angela R. Stewart, is pastor.

Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •April 22, 2021

Dr. Patrick Freeman to Keynote Afro-American Hisorical Association's Annual Family History Program

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atrick Freeman will keynote the annual Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, Inc. Family History Program on Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m. He will speak about his father, the late James J. Freeman MD PhD, the first Black to graduate from the University of Buffalo with that distinction in 1974. Access the virtual program on Webex. Patrick Freeman is the feature writer for the Buffalo Criterion Newspaper. From 1994 to 2008 he hosted the talk show, The Message where he interviewed some of the most famous Black authors and celebrities of the last century. He is the recipient of numerous awards s and honors.He is a Life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. In 2006 Patrick was elevated to the 33rd and last degree of Masonry by the United Supreme Council Northern Jurisdiction. He

is an ordained Minister in the Universal Life Church and has spoken at numerous churches and programs throughout the country. Patrick is also the founder of Artesian Development LLC specializing in residential development and rehabs with over 20 rehabs completed and is now building new housing in South Fulton, Georgia. He became the owner of the Minor Football League Franchise Chargers MFL. He was recently awarded a Doctorate of Humane letters from Global Ovei Dei University, and was appointed Assistant Dean of Business Development. The Minor Football League in 2021 appointed Patrick as the Senior Vice President of Business Development. His first book, The Art of the Interview Book 1, which is about some of his most noteworthy interviews done on 1080 AM WUFO Radio, was recently published.

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Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •April 22, 2021

UnderstandingThe Blessed Month of Ramadan

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he Blessed Month of Ramadan began on the evening of April 13th and will continue for a period of 29 to 30 days depending on the sighting of the new moon. Ramadan is on a lunar calendar which means that it moves up every year for approximately 11 days. It is a month of fasting for over 1 billion Muslims around the world. Ramadan is one of the five basic pillars of faith required in the religion of Al-Islam. The other pillars are The belief in The One G-d Allah (Allah is the name of the Supreme Being that is referred to in scripture by other names, Yahweh, Jehovah, Elohim, etc). Offering 5 daily prayers (before sunrise, mid-day, mid-afternoon, after sunset, and before retiring at night), Giving charity (recommended to give 2.5% of your accumulated wealth after reasonable expenses) and to make the Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime if you can afford to do so. Each day Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, abstaining from any food, drink, or intimate relations with their spouse. Muslims are also to be on their best behavior, refraining from arguments, foul language, intoxicants, any negative behaviors that can essentially break the spirit of fasting even if you did not eat or drink anything. Women who are pregnant or on their cycles are not to fast. Anyone with long-term or pre-existing medical conditions that would be compromised by fasting is not to fast. Provisions are made where one can make up the fast days later or if unable to fast, they can feed a poor person(s) for each day that they miss. Fasting is for G-d (Allah) who is the only One who truly knows whether you are honoring your fast. Prophet Muhammad said, (peace and blessings be upon him) “Allah says, fasting is for Me and I shall reward you for it.” The word Ramadan means burning. As in burning off sins and impurities that have stained the soul and character of a person

over the previous year. Prophet Muhammad also stated that “Whoever intends and successfully completes the fast of Ramadan, will have all of their sins from the previous year forgiven by Allah.” Ramadan is a time for yourself to spend with your Lord. To reflect, relax and rejuvenate your spirit to worship and serve. Ramadan is also a time to be mindful of the hurt of those who do not have homes or the wherewithal to provide for themselves or their families. This is a natural pattern in human life to “want for your brothers and sisters, what you want for yourself.” Blessings for performing good deeds during this month are multiplied 70-700 times more than any other time throughout the year. Restraining from food, drink, and undesirable behavior makes a person more mental discipline and less prone to unhealthy behavior. Muslims are to take a small meal at predawn to help get one through the day. When it is time to eat at sunset, there is no need to overeat as it would cause discomfort. One should eat a meal comparable to what a poor person would eat to stay mindful of the needy. The body has a regulatory mechanism that adjusts your hunger appetites to the times of day that you consistently eat. Although a person is eating and drinking less during Ramadan, the body metabolism slows down during Ramadan and balances the food intake to make it sufficient for a person to stay healthy. The Qur’an states, “O you who believes, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who came before you, that you may learn self-restraint (obedience and devotion to G-d). To strengthen one’s intellect and knowledge of scripture, Muslims also read a portion of the Qur’an each day of the fast to complete all 114 chapters by the end of the month. Muslims also offer additional special prayers at night where the daily reading of the Qur’an is recited. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate by having Continued Page 10

Buffalo City Court Judge Makes Donation to Youth Resilience Initiative at Health Sciences Charter School

Local author Duncan Kirkwood is partnering with Judge Phil Dabney and Health Sciences Charter School to provide 200 copies of Rerouting: Resilience Tools and Tactics to Health Sciences students. Anxiety and depression are at an all time high with teenagers. These 200 books and follow up training will help students to build their resilience during these difficult times. A press conference (above) to make the announcement was held April 19 at Health Sciences Charter School. Speakers included (l-r) Buffalo City Court Judge Phil Dabney, Duncan Kirkwood, and Principal Rob Baxter.

Want to be a hometown hero? Bring your event to Buffalo. When you bring a meeting, convention, or sports event to Buffalo, big things happen. Businesses thrive, visitors get a new favorite city, and you become a hometown hero. It’s incredibly easy to do — just contact Mike Even at even@visitbuffaloniagara.com or visit BringItHomeBuffalo.com to get the ball rolling. You’ll be glad you did, and so will your friends and neighbors.


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Entertainment

Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •April 22, 2021

PRESERVATION BOARD APPROVES HISTORIC "SHE" and COLORED MUSICIANS CLUB’S DESIGN AND Ararespecial archival performance EXPANSION PLANS of “SHE, a ORGANIZATION WELCOMES MINORITY Choreoplay by Jinah Parker, BUSINESS COMMUNITY TO PARTICIPATE will be held On Thursday, April 15, 2021, the centuryold Historic Colored Musicians Club received approval from the City’s Preservation Board for its building renovation and expansion project. A redesigned stage, professional grade lighting system and a sophisticated sound and acoustic arrangement makes this project one for the history books. Local and national firms, specializing in jazz performance venues, have been tapped to ensure a first-rate musical experience for visitors expected to arrive from around the globe.

Mural Unveiling and Artists Recognition For People Inc. Jefferson Avenue Apartments

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he WNY Arts Collective in collaboration with People Inc., hosted a mural unveiling and artists recognition for People Inc. Jefferson Avenue Apartments Tuesday morning at 1140 and 1166 Jefferson Avenue at the corner of Southampton Street. This creative community collaboration is an important reflection of the People Inc., agency's value for inclusion and represents the rich history of Jefferson Avenue through artwork from several local artists who were commissioned to help beautify the neighborhood. Input from the community determined the themes of the illustrations.

In addition to the upgrades in the historic building, is the introduction of a second structure with a contrasting design reflecting a sleek and modern aesthetic. The second structure welcomes much needed accessibility features like an elevator and enhanced restrooms within the new atrium. Punctuated by a (second-story, glass enclosed) connecting bridge, the new structure’s greenroom, conference area and educational spaces will more fully address the needs of the organization for the next generation. The genius of Stieglitz and Snyder Architecture saw the integration of landscaping and public art to create a more complete street (from a pedestrian vantage point) and “secret alley” which is a nod to the Club’s days as a speakeasy. The CMC Board of Directors will be selecting a Construction Management firm in the coming days and welcomes the minority business community to take part in this construction project.

The artists who created the outdoor murals, representing the WNY Arts Collecltive, were recognized and included: Designing Artist: Mark G. Pearce Fabricating Artist Markenzy Julius Cesar, Artist James Cooper III ,Designing Artist Gino Morrow , Fabricating Artist Princessa Williams, artist Kobie Barber , Designing Artist Phyllis Thompson, Fabricating Artist John Baker. John Baker (Project coordinator) and James J. Cooper III served as supervising artists.

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on Thursday, April 29th at 7pm EST. This presentation of SHE has been made possible by Buffalo State College 50% of all ticket sales will be donated to The National Domestic Violence Hotline. To purchase tickets go to https://bsctheater.anywhereseat.com/channel.php

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Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •April 22, 2021

Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers Present A Zoom Workshop and Storytelling Event Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of Western New York presents the "12th Annual Tell Me A Story” event featuring Willa Brigham on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon via Zoom (Meeting ID: 851 0294 3074 Passcode: 414253) Ms. Brigham is a two-time Emmy Award Winning host of the television show “Smart Start Kids,” an inspirational speaker, storyteller, writer, performing artist and quilter.

The Michigan Street Just Buffalo Presents Bestselling Author Ta-Nehisi Coates in African American Conversation Virtual BABEL Event Heritage Corridor Streams April 22-29 Commission Requests ust Buffalo Literary Center concludes its virtual BABEL season with bestselling author Ta-NehiCommunity Input

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si Coates, premiering on April 22 at 8 p.m. The

Community voice, view and one-hour event, filmed in advance at Kleinhans Music presence is requested for Hall, features a conversation with Coates and music Community Conversations. by Buffalo artist Drea D’Nur.

Ms. Brigham

She has delighted and entertained audiences across the country and on cruise ships in the Caribbean.

The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission invites members of the public to an online Community Conversation on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 6 pm -7:30 pm to envision what the Corridor can and should, be and do, for the community. Neighbors, visitors, organizers, educators, locals, small business owners and leaders are invited to reimagine this historic space, as the Corridor strives to revitalize its anchor sites and reintroduce the corridor to the broader community. The Commission needs to hear about how community members want to live, work and play in the Corridor and how it can better serve the community. “We want to dream big and work together to shape that dream with a diverse array of community stakeholders,” stated Terry Alford, MSAAHCc’s Executive Director. Here is how people can participate in this event: Envision the Corridor’s place in the world to provide perspectives, needs and desires. Prepare to have an open discussion, share feedback, and brainstorm Ideas. Suggest others who need to be included at the table for future Community Conversations Register at Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ michigan-street-africanamerican-heritage-corridorcommunity-workshop-tickets-151222993043

The Commission expresses its gratitude in advance for the time invested by participants.

“Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most important writers working today—period,” said Barbara Cole, artistic director of Just Buffalo Literary Center. “Not only are his books and essays beautiful but they are also timely. As the news cycle reveals every day, structural racism and violence against Black bodies must be addressed, and Coates opens that conversation. Toni Morrison called Between the World and Me required reading, and it is. Coates’s work is essential for every Ta-Nehisi Coates single person.” Coates is a distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between The World And Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. His first novel, The Water Dancer, was released in September 2019. Ta-Nehisi is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He is also the current author of the Marvel comic Captain America. Coates’s BABEL appearance is part of Just Buffalo’s 2021 Civil Writes Project, a series of interconnected community events that open conversations, encourage reading and writing, and invite widespread participation around BABEL visits from the world’s foremost Black and African-American writers. Virtual tickets are available for $25. After the initial stream, the event will be viewable through April 29. For tickets or more information, visit justbuffalo.org or call 716-832-5400.


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Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •April 22, 2021

SAY THEIR NAMES!

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Buffalo Homeowner's Front Yard is a Teaching Moment

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resident in the Elmwood Village at 617 Ashland has taken it upon herself to turn her front yard into a teaching moment for all to see: hand written signs with the names of over 30 unarmed African Americans killed by police across the country. In the wake of the Chauvin trial - despite the fact it ended in a guilty verdict of murder in the killing of George Floyd , this brave citizen’s yard is a reminder that Floyd’s death is just one in a long history of police killings of innocent Black people. As the Washington Post points out, unarmed Black people account for about 40% of the unarmed Americans killed by the police, despite making up only about 13% of the American population. Very little has changed. The following list of innocent victims is just the tip of the iceberg.SAY THEIR NAMES! David McAtee, August 3, 1966 - June 1, 2020 Louisville, Kentucky Shot: June 1, 2020, Louisville Metropolitan Police Officer George Perry Floyd, October 14, 1973 - May 25, 2020 Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Knee on neck/Asphyxiated: May 25, 2020, Minneapolis Police Officer Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, 1999 1999 - May 6, 2020 Indianapolis, Indiana Shot: May 6, 2020, Unidentified Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Brent Charles Ramos, January 1, 1978 - April 24, 2020 Austin, Texas Shot: April 24, 2020, Austin Police Detectives Breonna Taylor, June 5, 1993 - March 13, 2020 Louisville, Kentucky Shot: March 13, 2020, Louisville Metro Police Officers Manuel “Mannie” Elijah Ellis, August 28, 1986 - March 3, 2020 Tacoma, Washington Physical restraint/Hypoxia: March 3, 2020, Tacoma Police Officers Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, November 28, 1990 - October 12, 2019 Fort Worth, Texas Shot: October 12, 2019, Fort Worth Police Officer Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., June 18, 1997 - November 22, 2018 Hoover, Alabama Shot: November 22, 2018, Unidentified Hoover Police Officers Charles “Chop” Roundtree Jr., September 5, 2000 - October 17, 2018

San Antonio, Texas Shot: October 17, 2018, San Antonio Police Officer Chinedu Okobi, February 13, 1982 - October 3, 2018 Millbrae, California Tasered/Electrocuted: October 3, 2018, San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant and Sheriff Deputies Botham Shem Jean, September 29, 1991 - September 6, 2018 Dallas, Texas Shot: September 6, 2018, Dallas Police Officer Antwon Rose Jr., July 12, 2000 - June 19, 2018 East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Shot: June 19, 2018, East Pittsburgh Police Officer Saheed Vassell, December 22, 1983 - April 4, 2018 Brooklyn, New York City, New York Shot: April 4, 2018, Four Unnamed New York City Police Officers Stephon Alonzo Clark, August 10, 1995 - March 18, 2018 Sacramento, California Shot: March 18, 2018, Sacramento Police Officers Aaron Bailey, 1972 - June 29, 2017 Indianapolis, Indiana Shot: June 29, 2017, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officers Charleena Chavon Lyles, April 24, 1987 - June 18, 2017 Seattle, Washington Shot: June 18, 2017, Seattle Police Officers Fetus of Charleena Chavon Lyles (14-15 weeks), June 18, 2017 Seattle, Washington Shot: June 18, 2017, Seattle Police Jordan Edwards, October 25, 2001 - April 29, 2017 Balch Springs, Texas Shot: April 29, 2017, Balch Springs Officer

Chad Robertson, 1992 - February 15, 2017 Chicago, Illinois Shot: February 8, 2017, Chicago Police Officer Deborah Danner, September 25, 1950 - October 18, 2016 The Bronx, New York City, New York Shot: October 18, 2016, New York City Police Officers Alfred Olango, July 29, 1978 September 27, 2016 El Cajon, California Shot: September 27, 2016, El Cajon Police Officers Terence Crutcher, August 16, 1976 - September 16, 2016 Tulsa, Oklahoma Shot: September 16, 2016, Tulsa Police Officer Terrence LeDell Sterling, July 31, 1985 - September 11, 2016 Washington, DC Shot: September 11, 2016, Washington Metropolitan Police Officer Korryn Gaines, August 24, 1993 - August 1, 2016 Randallstown, Maryland Shot: August 1, 2016, Baltimore County Police Joseph Curtis Mann, 1966 July 11, 2016 Sacramento, California Shot: July 11, 2016, Sacramento Police Officers Philando Castile, July 16, 1983 - July 6, 2016 Falcon Heights, Minnesota Shot: July 6, 2016, St. Anthony Police Officer Alton Sterling, June 14, 1979 July 5, 2016 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Shot: July 5, 2016, Baton Rouge Police Officers Bettie “Betty Boo” Jones, 1960 - December 26, 2015 Chicago, Illinois Shot: December 26, 2015, Chicago Police Officer Quintonio LeGrier, April 29, 1996 - December 26, 2015

Chicago, Illinois Shot: December 26, 2015, Chicago Police Corey Lamar Jones, February 3, 1984 - October 18, 2015 Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Shot: October 18, 2015, Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Jamar O’Neal Clark, May 3, 1991 - November 16, 2015 Minneapolis, Minnesota Shot: November 15, 2015, Minneapolis Police Officers Samuel Vincent DuBose, March 12, 1972 - July 19, 2015 Cincinnati, Ohio Shot: July 19, 2015, University of Cincinnati Police Officer Sandra Bland, February 7, 1987 - July 13, 2015 Waller County, Texas Excessive Force/ Wrongful Death/Suicide (?): July 10, 2015, Texas State Trooper Brendon K. Glenn, 1986 - May 5, 2015 Venice, California Shot: May 5, 2015, Los Angeles Police Officer Freddie Carlos Gray Jr., August 16, 1989 - April 19, 2015 Baltimore, Maryland Brute Force/Spinal Injuries: April 12, 2015, Baltimore City Police Walter Lamar Scott, February 9, 1965 - April 4, 2015 North Charleston, South Carolina Shot: April 4, 2015, North Charleston Police Officer rlotteMecklenburg Police Officer Tamir Rice, June 15, 2002 November 22, 2014 Cleveland, Ohio Shot: November 22, 2014, Cleveland Police Officer Akai Kareem Gurley, November 12, 1986 - November 20, 2014 Brooklyn, New York City, New York Shot: November 20, 2014, New York City Police Michael Brown Jr., May 20, 1996 - August 9, 2014 Ferguson, Missouri Shot: August 9, 2014, Ferguson Police Officer John Crawford III, July 29, 1992 - August 5, 2014 Beavercreek, Ohio Shot: August 5, 2014, Beavercreek Police Eric Garner, September 15, 1970 - July 17, 2014 Staten Island, New York Choke hold/Suffocated: July 17, 2014, New York City Police Officer:Told officers "I can't breathe" Miriam Iris Carey, August 12, 1979 - October 3, 2013 Washington, DC Shot 26 times: October 3, 2013, U. S. Secret Service Officer Excerpted from a list compiled by Gonzaga University/BlackLives Matter #SayTheirName

REMEMBER AMADOU DIALLO

In the early morning of February 4, 1999, Amadou Diallo an unarmed 23-year-old Guinean immigrant was approached by 4 NYC plainclothes police. Amadou pulled out his wallet ... The police fired 41 shots with semiautomatic pistols, fatally hitting Diallo 19 times. Eyewitness said police continued to shoot even though Diallo was already down. The officers were acquitted of all charges.

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Applied Technologies Senior Divine Mills Wins “Land A Job” Competition

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harter School for Applied Te c h n o l o g i e s (CSAT) Senior Divine Mills was selected as winner of the school’s annual Land a Job Competition and has been hired for a parttime customer service position at Wegmans. CSAT has partnered with Wegmans for the Divine Mills past few years on the competition which is designed to provide real-life experience in obtaining a job. Students had to complete an application and participate in interviews both in person and via Zoom. Divine will graduate from the Charter School for Applied Technologies High School in June 2021. He has been accepted into the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College and SUNY Erie and plans to attend school for engineering this fall. He hopes to continue his employment at Wegmans while attending college. He resides in Buffalo. Recognized as one of the premier charter schools in the area, CSAT serves 2,357 students grades K-12 and boasts a graduation rate of 95 percent and above since its inception. Its motto is “Every Day is Career Day,” and its mission is to prepare students to attain family-sustaining careers by integrating career exploration and a lifelong learning culture. The Elementary School, located on Kenmore Avenue in Tonawanda, serves students in grades K-5. Other schools include the Middle School, which serves grades 6-8 from its building on Shoshone Street (the former Holy Angels Academy) in Buffalo, and the High School, serving grades 9-12 from its building on Kenmore Avenue.

UNDERSTANDING RAMADAN continued congregational prayer followed by a three-day feast and celebration called Eid al Fitr, which means reoccurring happiness. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all traditional congregational activities will be scaled back for safety precautions. Eid al Fitr is a very joyous time as Muslims look forward to sharing food and gifts with family, friends, and the community at large. Masjid Nu’Man annually prepares meals and or food to share with the needy and community. We anticipate the Eid al Fitr to be on approximately May 13th (depending on the sighting of the new moon) we will distribute food in front of the Masjid at 1373 Fillmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14211. May you all have a blessed month of Ramadan (Ramadan Mubarak!) and receive Bountiful rewards from G-d (Allah), The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer. Fajri Ansari, is the Imam of Masjid Nu’Man Buffalo, NY

After serving decades in prison for a crime they did not commit, The Buffalo 5 have suffered enough injustice! Tell DA Flynn to Take the Legal Knee off their necks so they can breathe!!

FREE THE BUFFALO 5!

The community is asked to call D.A. John Flynn (716) 858-2424 Extension 1, and ask him to NOT oppose the Motion To Vacate Indictment 41-413.


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Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •April 22, 2021

JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD…BUT THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES… Passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Would be a Good Start

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he police officer who killed George Floyd in plain sight has been found guilty of murder. It was a rare, but welcome outcome as the nation held its collective breath Tuesday afternoon, as a Minneapolis jury convicted Derek Chauvin of all three charges against him related to the May 2020 death of Floyd, including one charge each of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Allies and activists expressed bittersweet relief at the decision, with groups gathering in major cities across the country to hear the news.. Floyd’s nephew, Brandon Williams, called the verdict a "pivotal moment for America." President Joe Biden said it showed that "no one should be above the law.” It will be another eight weeks until Chauvin is sentenced, and since the judge revoked his bail after the verdict, he will await sentencing in jail. Three other officers are also awaiting trial in relation to Floyd’s death, and will be tried together in August. But this nation, as we all know, still has a long way to go. One of the things that came up repeatedly from news commentators and civil rights advocates Tuesday after the verict, was the need to pass the George Floyd Justice Policing Act HR7120. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act has been described as the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, end racial profiling, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities by addressing systemic racism and bias to help save lives. The bill cleared the House in the heat of the Black Lives Matter protests last summer but it died in the Senate. Now President Biden is pushing the bill again in the wake of the Chauvin verdict. If Congress cannot pass this legislation, states may try to take it on themselves. Texas already considered it and met stiff opposition from police. And where states cannot pass such laws, cities might. New York City has started down that path. Now with Biden behind the bill, and in the backwash of the Chauvin verdict, it is once again high profile. The bill requires all law enforcement to undergo training “on racial, religious, and discriminatory profiling for all law enforcement.” It also: •Bans chokeholds and carotid holds at the federal level and conditions law enforcement funding for state and local governments banning chokeholds. •Requires that deadly force be used only as a last resort and requires officers to employ deescalation techniques first. •Changes the standard to evaluate whether law enforcement use of force was justified from whether the force was “reasonable” to whether the force was “necessary.” •Bans no-knock warrants in drug cases at the federal level and conditions law enforcement funding for state and local governments banning no-knock warrants at the local and state level. •The legislation, backed by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), also would limit local police departments’ access to military-grade equipment that protestors say increases tensions during demonstrations. •The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act also would require “federal uniformed police officers to wear body cameras and requires state and local law enforcement to use existing federal funds to ensure the use of police body cameras.” Marked federal police vehicles would be required to have dashboard cameras. •One of the most controversial parts of the law “enables individuals to recover damages in civil court when law enforcement officers violate their constitutional rights by eliminating qualified immunity for law enforcement.” •And the bill “creates a nationwide police misconduct registry to prevent problematic officers who are fired or leave one agency, from moving to another jurisdiction without any accountability.” The White House says this is President Biden’s top police reform priority. Vice President Kamala Harris, who was a co-sponsor of the act, said, “Today we feel a sigh of relief. Still, it cannot take away the pain. A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice. This verdict brings us a step closer and, the fact is, we still have work to do. We still must reform the system.” “This bill,” she said, “is part of George Floyd’s legacy.”

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If You Don’t Control the Narrative, At Least Understand It...

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n recent days, weeks, months and it seems like years, in the aftermath of trump, it appears that we have been numb to even the most innocent request from anyone who could be perceived as a victim. As soon as they begin to try to explain themselves we are taught to turn off and tune out. They have even come up with a negative dispersion of the idea of people in crisis or under trauma, calling it “Victimology,” so it can be dismissed as an overreaction to the reality of oppression and exploitation that has historical precedents in America and throughout the world. I Baba mean just think about it. The idea that victims should have no feelings, no ENG understanding or no real sensibility when it comes to the natural, human responses to trauma or any kind of brutalization of any aspect of their being, whether it be physical, psychological or spiritual is itself non sensical and unacceptable. Now, it is the narrative that is the all in all, and if you are not controlling it you don’t have a chance at being seen and/or much less heard. If you are perceived as a victim your request, your plea for understanding is automatically turned into a demand that is seen as threatening to not only the status quo but to the person who stands between you and the system or the person or the institution responsible for abusing you. So, be careful how you say it or even feel it cause, somebody is watching and if you’re seen and your voice is heard then you are perceived as the threat that they knew would arise, from all the years of exploitation and oppression that has pushed humanity to the brink and all of a sudden, conveniently you will surely be the target. What brought all of this to the forefront again is that about a week ago, I saw a middle aged White woman and a young White child dancing with glee and abandon around a garbage can fire that had been lit to burn the mask that had been distributed to stop more deaths from occurring as a result of this horrendous murderous pandemic of Covid 19. As I watched in disbelief and a growing fear that the abandon displayed had more to do with something more nefarious than even the Covid situation, I thought of where I had seen those kinds of looks before in the eyes of White women, White children and especiallyWhite men. Then I remembered: “The Red Summer”-, that chapter of American history that everyone tries to forget, where you can see the photos of The Black Woman, Mary Turner, as she was hung from a tree in the state of Georgia, along with three other Black people that were hung that day. As they hung, a White man, disemboweled Mary Turner, cutting her belly open and tore an unborn child from her womb, which he then began to stomp into the ground. Seeing that image stuck in my mind and when I saw the look on the face of the Floridian Congressman Matt Gaetz - as he badgered the Reverend Al Sharpton who had gone to testify before Congress on the issue of racism in police departments throughout America - I saw that same display of disrespect, disregard and devaluing on the Congressman’s face. What made this reminder so devasting to my mind, to my psyche, is that in the photo of “The Red Summer” you can see the faces of the people gathered, shown in the photo as grouped in families and they had spread their blankets on the ground and at the “picnic tables” where they continued eating and enjoying themselves; women and children yelling and smiling and laughing with glee and abandon at the death and destruction of Black life. So, it is no wonder, now in 2021, in this same America, that a White female police officer could have her cold, silver metal, loaded, weighted Glock millimeter in her hand waving it through the bodies as the other police officer struggled in an assault on Daunte Wright, as she looked for a clear shot to his chest and still yell taser, taser, as she fired that fatal shot, comfortable that her real, yellow, plastic taser was securely in her belt on her left side and that her fellow officers would back her up as she falsely exclaimed: “Oh, shit, I just shot him.” I wish I could have seen the actual look on her face right at that moment cause I believe it would have resembled the same look that those kinds of White people have displayed when destroying Black life throughout American history. The same look that Derek Chauvin displayed as people, Black and White pleaded with him to take his knee off of the neck of Brother George Floyd. Yes, my people, ‘False Narratives,’,Fake Equivalencies and other horrific expressions of the fake,false and absolutely horrific notion of White Supremacy! Please pay attention, my people and it’s alright if you really, really don’t understand all of this. They intentionally make it difficult to understand and keep up with it. But there are those among us who do know and understand, so just ask....


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Free Agency Highlights By Mike D "Overdue Bills Lead Writer"

Let's Talk About The Players The Bills Signed and Re-Signed!

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lthough the Buffalo Bills did not win the Super Bowl, the journey there was an all-timer! I believe that we are all in agreement that the Bills are good, not great. But, now is the time that we can change some of that. Let’s see how our Buffalo Bills did with the free agency period that is currently underway while the real game-changers are already off the board. Let's talk about the players that the Bills signed and re-signed. Welcome Back •Levi Wallace (CB)- If you follow me or Overdue Bills, you know there isn’t much love for Mr. Wallace over here. I was all good with moving on and trying someone new because we already know Levi's capabilities. Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane (they will be referred to as “McBeane” from this point on) decided that they are better off with the Devil they know, versus the Devil they don’t know. I can’t blame them for resigning him. He gives you a baseline that you can win with, but don’t be surprised if you see a CB come off the board in the first 3 rounds of the draft as competition. •Isaiah McKenzie (WR)Even though I wanted McBeane to go after Curtis Samuels, I do not have an issue with this signing. Mckenzie is a player that I love. He doesn’t get a ton of catches or targets, but when he goes into motion our offense is dangerous The “smart” people know the value of being in shotgun and spreading the field out, sending someone in motion, and running play-action/runpass options (RPO). When Mckenzie is on the field, the

Bills utilize all of these and normally yield positive results. I look forward to seeing #19 dart across the field on Sundays for at least one Michael more year. DANIELS •Matt Milano (LB)- This was the biggest signing for the Buffalo Bills financially, and Matt will make the biggest impact on the field. During our pre-free agency show on Overdue Bills, I stated that I wouldn’t pay Milano top 10 LB money. Well, McBeane must have heard me because they made him the 11th highest-paid LB in the NFL (only $375,000 separates him from 10). He knows the system, and when healthy, is the best LB on the team. Yes, better and more valuable than #49. I expect him to be the cornerstone of this defense for at least the next 4 years. •Daryl Williams (OT)- If you’re like me, you probably got accustomed to McBeane going to the scrap-heap to find cheap linemen to plug and play. But at some point, you want to find someone and make that long-term commitment. Daryl Williams came, balled out, and was rewarded for it. Shoutout to him for securing the bag, and to McBeane for securing Josh Allen’s right side. •Jon Feliciano (G) and Taiwan Jones (RB)- If you were going to re-sign Daryl Williams, it makes all the sense in the world to bring back their most versatile offensive lineman. Buffalo had a top

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10 offense line last year, and they decided to run that back. Speaking of running backs, Taiwan Jones re-signed. This is a special-teams move, so I’m sure Matty Ice is ecstatic. •Micah Hyde (S)- No surprise here, but we gave veteran and fan-favorite Micah Hyde an extension to 2023. Talk about an excellent move by the front office right here! As we heard from safety Jaquan Johnson, Micah is the leader in the room and sets the example on how to be a Buffalo Bill. On top of the intangibles, his play on the field is still great. Breaking up the tandem of him and Poyer would be foolish. We also extended LB Andrew Smith to a 2-year contract. Now, let’s get to the new additions, but only the interesting signings. Welcome to the Mafia Mitchell Trubisky (QB) - It’s LEGAL NOTICE BID COUNTY OF ERIE 95 FRANKLIN STREET DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES BUFFALO, NEW YORK County of Erie, New York RFP RELEASE The Erie County Department of Social Services is seeking proposals from qualified agencies to provide Staff Training and Education Services. The RFP #2021-011VF can be found at http://www.erie.gov and a complete copy of the package can also be obtained by contacting Carrie Godfrey, ECDSS, at 716-858-6086, or via Carrie.Godfrey@erie.gov. All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal shall be with the ECDSS contact person listed on the specific RFP. Prospective proponents, or their representatives, shall not make contact with or communicate with any representatives of the County, including employees and consultants, other than the designated person in regard to any aspect of this proposal. Final sealed proposals are due to the Erie County Department of Social Services, 95 Franklin Street, Room 804, Buffalo, New York 14202, by 4:00 p.m. (EST) on May 19, 2021. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality. Marie A. Cannon, Commissioner of Social Services

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been weeks and I can’t believe I am writing this. Bills Mafia, the whole NFL community, and I are still shocked. When this move was announced, everyone wanted to know what I thought about it. I never revealed my thoughts before, so here I go- I LOVE IT! ?” •Emmanuel Sanders (WR)Yes, that is my blue text bubble that said the Bills should not bring in “Old * Emmanuel Sanders.” I was ready to move on from John brown and bring in a 1B to Stefon Diggs 1A. A lot of people are ready to

crown Gabe Davis, but I am not there yet. I wanted them to pursue Kenny Golladay and take this offense to the next level... (read the full article on thechallengernews.com ) LEGAL BID Scrufari Construction Co. seeking M/WBE/SDVOB subcontractors to quote Building 50 – University Police and Central Services – Bid Date: Tues, April 17, 2021 We are an EEO employer – 716-2821225

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NFTA Procurement Invitation to Bid 210016- Diesel and Gasoline Download Bids from www.nfta.com LEGAL NOTICE RFP COUNTY OF ERIE 95 FRANKLIN STREET DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES BUFFALO, NEW YORK County of Erie, New York RFP RELEASE The Erie County Department of Social Services is extending the due date for proposals from qualified agencies to provide Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program Diversion Services (CPEP) (RFP #2021-005VF) in Erie County. The RFP can be found at http:// www2.erie.gov/purchasing/index. php?q=requests-proposals-ampconstruction-bids. A complete copy of the package can also be obtained by contacting Judith Kolmetz, at 716858-7932, or via email at Judith.Kolmetz@erie.gov. This RFP was originally due on March 26, 2021. The new due date is May 3, 2021. All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal shall be with the ECDSS contact person listed on the specific RFP. Prospective proponents, or their representatives, shall not make contact with or communicate with any representatives of the County, including employees and consultants, other than the designated person in regard to any aspect of this proposal. One copy of the final sealed proposal is due to the Erie County Department of Social Services, ATTN: JUDITH KOLMETZ, 95 Franklin Street, Room 804, Buffalo, New York 14202, by 3:00 p.m. (EST) on May 3, 2021. An electronic version of the submission must be submitted according to the instructions contained in the proposal. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality. Marie A. Cannon Commissioner of Social Services

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NataniaBParker, LLC filed Articles of Organization with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/15/21. Office location: Erie County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1339 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14208. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. March 18,25 April 1,8,15,22

Highland Springs LLC, filed its Articles of Organization with NY Dept of State: January 21, 2021 The office of the LLC: will be located at 10430 Allen Road, East Concord, NY 14055 in Erie County. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of any process to the LLC at the above named office.The LLC was formed with the intention of creating an agricultural business. The LLC is managed by Sarah Schneider. March 25 April 1,8,15,22, 29

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Name of LLC: 716Artists, LLC filed Articles of Organization with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/26/2021. Office location: Erie County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 154 Blaine Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14208. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. March 18,25, April 1, 8,15,22 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company PR Creations and Vending, LLC. The Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 7/10/2020. Office: Erie County. The SSNY is the designated agent to receive service of process. A copy of process should be mailed to: PR Creations and Vending, LLC, 141 Calvin Ct North, Tonawanda, NY 14150. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. March 18,25 April 1,8,15, 22 Notice of Formation or a Domestic Limited Liability Company NINE-FIVE SHOGUN, LLC. Art of Org. Filed with SSNY on 03/19/2021. Office: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 48 Marilyn Dr, Cheektowaga, NY 14225. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. April15,22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company SMASH ZONE LLC. Filed with SSNY on 03/29/21. Office: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail copy to: 2560 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214. Purpose: Any lawful. April15,22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company THE EDWOODS GROUP, LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/04/2021. Office: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 2012 Bailey ave, Buffalo, NY 14211. Purpose: any lawful purpose. March 25 April 1,8,15,22, 29 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Suga Soul LLC Arts. of Org. filled with the SSNY on 02/09/2021. Office: Erie County. SSNY is designated as an agent of the LLC upon whom the process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC, 505 Berkshire Ave. Buffalo, NY 14201. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. April15,22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company KT Innovations LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/19/2021. Cty: Buffalo. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to Kyhir Turnage, 661 Minnesota Ave., Buffalo, 14215. General Purpose. March 25 April 1,8,15,22, 29

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company R&D Hospitality Services, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/4/21. Office in Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 195 Glenwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. March 25 April 1,8,15,22, 29 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company

Top City Estates LLC Articles of Organization filed on 03/29/2021 in Erie County. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NY SOS shall mail copy of process to 333 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo NY, 14208. No dissolution date. Top City Estates LLC will serve as a real estate holdings company. April 22, 29, May 6,13, 20,27 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company RICH$OUL COLLECTIONS LLC. Arts of org. Filed with the SSNY on 2/25/21. Office in erie county. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process. Against it may be served. SSNY should mail copy of the process to the address 384 pineridge rd, BUFFALO NY 14225. (Purpose any lawful purpose March 25 April 1,8,15,22, 29 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company A Natural Eye Home Inspection LLC Notice of formation LLC, Art.of.Org filed with SSNY 1/28/21 office: Erie County.USCA.Inc designated agent of upon whom may process against it may be served.SSNY shall mail process to 7014 13th ave suite 202, Brooklyn NY 11228. Purpose of LLC:Any lawful purpose under Ny llc act. April 8,15,22,29 May 6,13 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Spain Integrated Group LLC. Articles of Organization filed 01/21/2021 in Erie County. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NY SOS shall mail copy of process to 117 Southampton Street Buffalo, NY 14209. No dissolution date. Spain Integrated Group LLC will serve as a consumer services company. April 1, 8,15,22,29 May 6 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company XAVIER WADE CONSULTING, LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/05/2021. Office: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 165 Brookside Terrace W, Tonawanda, NY 14150. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. March 25 April 1,8,15,22, 29


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LEGAL NOTICE RFP COUNTY OF ERIE 95 FRANKLIN STREET DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES BUFFALO, NEW YORK County of Erie, New York RFP RELEASE The Erie County Department of Social Services is seeking proposals from qualified agencies to provide Translation and Interpretation Services (RFP #2021-019VF) in Erie County. The RFPs can be found at http://www2.erie.gov/purchasing/ index.php?q=requests-proposalsamp-construction-bids starting on April 23, 2021. A complete copy of the package can also be obtained by contacting Judith Kolmetz, at 716-858-7932, or via email at Judith. Kolmetz@erie.gov on or after April 23, 2021. All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal shall be with the ECDSS contact person listed on the specific RFP. Prospective proponents, or their representatives, shall not make contact with or communicate with any representatives of the County, including employees and consultants, other than the designated person in regard to any aspect of this proposal. One copy of the final sealed proposal is due to the Erie County Department of Social Services, ATTN: JUDITH KOLMETZ, 95 Franklin Street, Room 804, Buffalo, New York 14202, by 3:00 p.m. (EST) on May 24, 2021. An electronic version of the submission must be submitted according to the instructions contained in the proposal. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality. Marie A. Cannon Commissioner of Social Services

LEGAL NOTICE

BID

Bids will be received by RP Oak Hill Building Co., Inc. for the BPS #66 Addition and Renovations Project on 4/27/21 at 2:00pm. Please fax bids (716-822-4367) or email (bids@rpoakhill.com) prior to 2:00 pm. The scope of work includes site, concrete, masonry, steel, millwork, roofing, glass, carpentry, flooring, painting, specialties, etc. The contract documents may be examined at Construction Exchange or can be purchased at Avalon Printing, (P: 716-995-7777). This project is prevailing wage. ***W/M/DBE & SDVOB participation is encouraged.

LEGAL NOTICE BID COUNTY OF ERIE NOTICE TO BIDDERS Reconstruction of Alden-Crittenden & Rehabilitation of Bullis Road PROJ# CAP-001.330-21 The Department of Public Works, Division of Highways, seeking sealed bids for mill & overlay with new drainage project in Village of Alden and the Town of Marilla, NY. Sealed bids will be received at Rath County Office Building, First Floor Lobby, 95 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202 and opened via Webex at 10 am local time, Thursday, May 6, 2021. Instructions found on the County Website. Bid deposit of $250,000.00 required with bid submittal. Minority workforce, MBE/WBE participation, Apprenticeship goals, and Local & Disadvantaged Workforce requirements may apply. Webex pre-let meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 10 am local time. Plans and additional bid submittal information on the Erie County website at: http:// www2.erie.gov/dpw. Attention is called to COVID bid procedures on the County’s website.

LEGAL NOTICE Bid

EMPLOYMENT

COUNTY OF ERIE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Erie County Old County Hall Clock Tower and Roof Repairs PROJECT NO. 2020-815-01 Sealed bids for: General Construction work for the above project will be received by the County’s Commissioner of Public Works in the Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin Street, Suite 1400, Buffalo, New York 14202 until 10:30 AM local time on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at which time they will be opened and read aloud. MBE/WBE, Apprenticeship program, and Local/Disadvantaged Workforce requirements may apply to this project. Additional information must be found at: www.erie.gov/dpw . Attention is called to COVID bid procedures on the County’s website.

LEGAL NOTICE BID Bids will be received by RP Oak Hill Building Co., Inc. for the Niagara University – Kiernan Center Addition & Renovations Project on 4/27/2021 at 2:00pm. Please fax bids (716822-4367) or email (bids@rpoakhill. com) prior to 2:00 pm. The scope of work includes site, concrete, masonry, steel, millwork, roofing, glass, carpentry, flooring, painting, specialties, elevators/lifts, swimming pools, M/E/P/FP’s, etc. The contract documents may be examined at Construction Exchange or can be purchased at Avalon Printing, (P: 716-995-7777). This project is prevailing wage. ***W/M/DBE & SDVOB participation is encouraged.

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Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •April 22, 2021

community calendar Westminster Community Charter School Public Meeting Notice: There will be a meeting of the Board of the Westminster Community Charter School on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. If you are interested in participating, please email info@buffalopromiseneighborhood.org for further details. Kayla’s

Delicious Pies fundraiser Saturday, April 24 in Delaware Park at Ring Road from noon to 4 p.m. The Rain Day is April 30. All participants, sponsors and vendors must be registered in advance by calling (716)541-7642.

Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, Inc. Family History Program Thursday, May 6 at 7:00 P.M. Dr. Patrick Freeman keynote speaker. Access the virtual program on Webex on Thursday, May 6th @ 7:00 PM

WINTER IN SPRING: What a difference a few weeks make! Buffaloians woke up to a snowy "winter in spring surprise" Wednesday morning -a far cry from the record breaking 82 degree temperatures we enjoyed a few weeks ago! However by late afternoon Spring decided to return and the snow had started to melt. Challenger Photo

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ing the act to gain an understanding of the act of lynching in individual cases. What she uncovered was that lynchings were not for acts of sexual violence, but for attempting to register to vote, for being too successful, for failure to demure acceptably to whites, or for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In addition, she showed that lynchings were not the act of out-of-control whites horrified over a grievous act. Rather, lynchings were often planned several days in advance and had police support. Not only were men lynched, but women and children were, too. Wells-Barnett's work uncovered the thin veneer which was used to justify lynching. Her published reports of lynching and her constant agitating helped to bring an international awareness to this inhumane practice. The purpose of Lynch Law in Georgia, as were other reports written by Ida B. Wells-Barnett, was "to give the public the facts, in the belief that there is still a sense of justice in the American people, and that it will yet assert itself in condemnation of outlawry and in defense of oppressed and persecuted humanity." She died on March 25, 1931 at the age of 68 in Chicago, Illinois.

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