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January 11, 2017 • FREE

This is NOT a Holiday for


and frivolity and play. This is a day for the victory to come. It is a day set aside for

measuring ourselves and America against the terrible yardstick of King’s hope. And if we ever loved him, we will use this time to mobilize against the evils he identified

in his last article – the evils of racism, militarism, unemployment and violence.” – Lerone Bennett, Jr., Historian



Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968



Celebrations King Events Include Speaker CNN Anchor Fredricka Whitfield

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Challenger Community News • • January 11, 2017

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Speaker at Martin Luther King Service Questions Trump Slogan ‘Make America great — again’


Fredricka Whitfield

CNN Anchor Fredricka Whitfield to Speak at RIT’s “Expressions of King’s Legacy” Event Rochester Institute of Technology has announced CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield will be the keynote speaker for the school’s annual Expressions of King’s Legacy celebration, Thursday, Jan. 26, as a replacement for civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander Alexander cancelled her appearance at the event due to health concerns, school officials said. Whitfield began her career as a morning anchor in Charleston, S.C., before moving on to positions as a reporter and anchor with NBC News, the Today Show, and Dateline NBC, then CNN in 2002. She will open the program, which takes place from 12 pm. to 2 p.m., in RIT’s Gordon Field House and Activities Center. “We are looking forward to having Fredricka Whitfield as our Expressions of King’s Legacy speaker,” Keith Jenkins, RIT’s interim vice president and associate provost for diversity and inclusion, stated. “With more than three decades of experience in global news, she has never lost sight of the people involved in the situations that we hear about through newscasts.” U.S. Circuit Judge Robert L. Wilkins, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, will also participate in the program.

he Rev. Marvin A. McMickle could have embraced President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign slogan except for one word. “Again,” as in “Make America great again.” “Isn’t it the obligation of every successive generation of Americans to do everything in our power to pass along to the next generation of Americans a nation that is better, broader, richer and deeper in love and inclusion than the generations that came before them?” McMickle asked a gathering of about 200 people Sunday at a Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service at Community Christian Church, in Kansas City. “But that’s not what he said. ‘I want to make America great — again.’ And with that last word I have been left to wonder just what that ‘again’ involved. Because ‘again’ does not express a future hope. It expresses a nostalgia. ‘Again’

does not mean to chart some new path. ‘Again’ means to reclaim some earlier time.” Rev. McMikle, author of Pulpit and Politics, and president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y,. then went on to recall what it was like to be Black in America in the 1950s, an era looked upon fondly by many White people. Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black teen, was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 after reportedly being too forward with a White woman. McMickle described his own experience as a 4-year-old in 1952 traveling with his family by train from Chicago to Washington, D.C. They had to leave their seats and go to a segregated car before crossing into Jim Crow Kentucky, he said. “You could not get into segregation when you got there,” McMickle explained. “You had to come into Kentucky already seated in a segregated

Rev. Marvin A. McMickle

railroad car. All of the Black passengers faced the humiliation in the middle of the night... Why was Jim Crow my earliest memory of America?” McMickle was the featured speaker at the service, which kicked off 14 days of events commemorating King, the civil rights leader assassinated in 1968. Members of the Protestant, Muslim, Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist and Baha’i faiths were represented. (Source- The Kansas City Star)

46th Annual Celebration Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. : "Let's Be Real" First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will hold its 46th Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 15, at 4 p.m. at 219 Hamilton Street, Rochester. Dr. King would have been 88 years old if he had not been assassinated on April 4, 1968 as the stood on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel In Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King, at the end of his life, was upset about the divisions within the Civil Rights movement's leadership and economic injustice within the United States. Dr. King, in 1968, was not the same person when he led the March on Washington in 1963. Let’s Be Real! Come out and celebrate the Real King. Minister Lawrance Lee Evans will make you understand that Dr. King was more than a dreamer, and nothing like he is portrayed by his enemies and "come lately" friends. He was the nation's conscience and prophet.

The 19th Ward: “Illuminating The Beloved Community” Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives. ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.~ The Nineteenth Ward Community Association, is a neighborhood organization which has practiced many of the values of Martin Luther King’s concept of “The Beloved Community.” In 1965, the 19th WCA, organized against many economic and social pressures for segregation and fought for policies to promote a prosperous, integrated urban community. Over the years, 19th Ward residents have continued to advocate for fair, affordable housing and home ownership, quality local schools, community/police collaborations for crime prevention and a wide range of policies and services to promote and preserve a vibrant urban community. In these challenging times, we want to focus on the importance of coming together as a neighborhood community to celebrate and support each other in our beloved community. We are organizing neighbors to “Light Up the Night” from each block, district and area organization to encourage and facilitate the acquisition, distribution and display of a variety of luminaries throughout the neighborhood. The 19th Ward neighborhood will ‘light up the neighborhood” with luminaries, to express solidarity with the values of Martin Luther King’s beloved community and his important campaigns against racism, poverty and militarism. Neighbors will host “Hot Spots” by opening their homes and front yards to gather in the beloved community. We encourage neighbors to seek a “Hot Spot” by going to website Residents can gather at “Hot Spots” for hot chocolate, hot soup or chili and some spots are giving out FREE coats. We will have lots of fun and good conversation in areas throughout the ward. Celebration Kick-off: When: January 14, 2017 Where: Arnett Library, 310 Arnett Blvd

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AREA BRIEFS Nina Heard Named to EPIC Board Nina Heard, the Community Relations Manager and Executive Technical Assistant for the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant, has been named to EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) Board of Directors. Mrs. Heard, with over 21 years of service to GM, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Humanities and a Master's degree in Marketing from Michigan State University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and serves on the Board of Advisors for the American Cancer Society Nina Heard Also named to the EPIC Board along with Mrs. Heard, was Sam Costa, Vice President at Baillie Lumber; Brian Rochford, Vice President and Relationship Manager at Key Bank, NA; and Nancy Yassa, director of Clinical Quality Management at the Amerigroup Medicaid Alliance Partnership Plan with BlueCross and BlueShield of WNY. Congratulations!

If you’re Brown, Stick Around?

This Year’s Mayoral Race Shaping Up to be Very Interesting The Buffalo News reported in the January 4 edition that city comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder is contemplating a run for the Mayor of the City of Buffalo against incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown in the September Democratic Primary. The other names that have surfaced as possible candidates include preservationist and city planning activist Terry Robinson and the Rev. Michael Chapman, pastor of St. John Baptist Church. Mr. Schroeder is making his rounds at churches, block cub meetings and neighborhood eateries throughout the Black community and elsewhere in the city. According to the News, he is expected to declare his candidacy in the very near future. Common Council President Bishop Darius Mayor Brown G. Pridgen, whose name has been frequently mentioned in the upcoming mayoral race, made it clear on his Facebook page in December that he had no intention of running. However Some political observers wonder how much Mayor Brown’s decision to run or not has on Pridgen’s decision. The failed presidential candidacy of Hilliary Clinton, some speculate, has everything to do with the very real possibility of Brown seeking another term. It was rumored that he was expecting to receive a plum position had Clinton won. Throughout his incumbency Mr. Brown’s name has surfaced in talks related to a number of high profile political positions. Last May he was appointed State Chairman of the Democratic Party by Gov Cuomo. Brown, the city’s first African American mayor, has not officially announced that he will seek a fourth term, but if and when he does, he says he will run on his record of fiscal stability, economic development, infrastructure investment and a lower crime rate. But the “tale of two cities” reality as it relates to Brown’s core constituency on the East side compared to the progress and affluence in other parts of the city, may prove to be a key issue in the race; an issue that Mr. Schroeder has already publically raised. And Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant has made her feelings public in that regard by way of her facebook page. Having already served three terms and 12 years, she questioned, what can he do for the East side in one more term? “In order to redevelop the East Side of Buffalo and for it to be made whole,” she wrote to supporters, “ either Darius Pridgen or Mark Schroeder has to run for Mayor in 2017.”



37th Annual Event

“Where Do We Go From Here: Keeping The Dream Alive” Is Theme Of The City Wide MLK Celebration


he Concerned Citizens Following The Dream Committee will present the 37th annual free City-Wide Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration program on Sunday January 15 at 6 p.m. in Kleinhans Music Hall. According to program coordinator Bessie Patterson, this year’s theme,“WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE: KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE” takes on special meaning in light of the recent presidential election. Many people she pointed out, are apprehensive about the new administration of President Elect Donald Trump. But like Dr. King, who never gave up on his dream, and who in fact proclaimed that he had “been to the mountaintop” and saw better days for his people and the nation, we too have to look beyond what may appear to be dark days ahead. “Like Dr. King, we have to have the faith and belief that things are going to be better,” she told The Challenger. “We have to keep our heads up and look beyond what it looks like now and see the bright side to what the Lord has in store for His people. We have to look beyond the darkness and see the light…and do so with jubilation ….that’s why I added a comedy section this year. Let’s come out and celebrate. A celebration is always joyful. Bring children too, because we’re honoring young people as well.” Indeed, Kleinhans will come alive as Dr. King’s legacy is honored through the various performing arts of dance, songs and speech. Participants include Miss Barbara’s School of Dance, The Olmstead High School Band, Melody Rhodes, Torri Young, Angel Vox, the African Cultural Center Dancers, the Performing Arts School Choir, Friendship Baptist Praise Dance Ministry and Joshua’s Generation Choir. Minister Erica Gault, will present a ten minute speech on the theme, “Where Do We Go From Here, Keeping The Dream Alive.” A special added attraction to this year’s performances will be national entertainer, Christian comedian, Willie Brown & Woody of Atlanta Georgia, “who will lift our spirits with laughter, as we enter a new year, that might be filled with gloom for some. But God is still in control!” continued Ms. Patterson. Area students will receive MLK certificates to encourage them to stay in school and pursue a higher level of education. Pioneers and Trailblazers in the community will also be honored. The awardees include Pastor James Giles,who will receive the Community Service Award; Sandy White, Excellence in Communications Award; Edna Gayles Key, Education (Music) Award; Rev. Richard Stenhouse, Interfaith Award; Officer Jennifer D. Whitaker, Heroic Police Woman Award; Luz Milagros Ramos, Community Service Award; and Rafael Suarez, Heroic Firefighter Award. Upwards of 1,500 persons are expected to attend the event. Admission is free and is the program is being sponsored in part by M&T Bank, Wegmans Food, Mayor Byron Brown, CounWillie Brown & Woody cilman Ulysees Wingo, Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams, Legislator Betty Jean Grant, Councilman Darius Pridgen, Edwards Funeral Home, UNYTS, GBUAHN, ECMC Medical Center, Buffalo Teacher's Federation Inc., The Criterion, The Challenger Community News, and others. This is Bessie Patterson’s ninth year serving as coordinator for the annual citywide Martin Luther King Day celebration. See you there!

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” -Dr. Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King and his mother Alberta Williams King.

MLK's Mother Was Also Shot to Death

Alberta Williams King (September 13, 1904 – June 30, 1974) was shot to death just 6 years after her son Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down in Memphis, Tennessee. On June 30th, 1974 Mrs. King was playing the organ in Ebenezer Baptist Church the very church her son was baptized and later became co-pastor in along with his father- when Marcus Wayne Chenault killed her. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Marcus Wayne Chenault, a 23-year-old Black man from Ohio, fired two Handguns into Mrs. King as she sat at the organ of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Chenault claimed that he had decided that Black ministers were a menace to Black people. He said his original target had been Martin Luther King, Sr., but he had decided to shoot his wife instead because she was close to him. One of the church's deacons, Edward Boykin, was also killed in the attack, and a woman was wounded. Chenault was sentenced to death. Although this sentence was upheld on appeal, he was later resentenced to life in prison, partially as a result of the King family's opposition to the death penalty. On August 3, 1995, he suffered a stroke, and was taken to a hospital, where he died.



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Al Sharpton’s National Action Network


Administrators at a Maryland high school are condemning a racist petition asking students to join a movement advocating for white supremacy over African-Americans. The racially offensive petition circulated Arundel High School late last week before being confiscated by school officials, the Capital Gazette reported. Two students had signed the petition, titled the “Kool Kids Klan,” and administrators said the individuals involved were being questioned. The incident prompted school staff to contact Anne Arundel County police, but spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said investigators met with the county State’s Attorney’s Office and concluded that no crime had been committed The petition reportedly used racial slurs to describe Black people and referenced derogatory stereotypes. “This is a PSA for the trueblooded Americans out there,” it read. “As they always have and will continue to do, lowly African-Americans … have stolen from the supreme white race. The inferiors have claimed the word n-gger as their own.” “As everybody knows, white people invented the word ngger, and as such, it is only fair that we get to use it,” the petition continued. “After all, negroes invented rape, stealing, basketball and bastards, and they get to use those all the time!” “Do your civic duty, and make sure everyone knows their proper place below whites,” it concluded. Rev. Stephen Tillett, president of the local NAACP, said “I’m not surprised that children who have been immersed in hate, whether it was publicly or at home, would then bring that into their own environment,” referencing the divisive rhetoric during the presidential election.

The Arundel petition comes on the heels of a string of racially charged incidents at Anne Arundel Community College. In November, a Pennsylvania school district also discovered a racist Twitter account titled “Kool Kids Klub@ PalmertonKKK” following the 2016 election.

‘We Shall Not Be Moved’ March Aims to Send Trump Message on MLK Weekend

( – The march announced by the Rev. Al Sharpton shortly after Donald Trump was elected president is now taking shape for January 14 and will aim to send a clear message to the President-elect in the “spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said a statement from Sharpton this week. “The 2017 march will bring all people together to insist on change and accountability,” said Sharpton. “Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle for civil rights didn’t end with SHARPTON his death, it’s a fight we take on each day. The political players may change but our goals stay the same. Donald Trump and his administration need to hear our voice and our concerns.” He continues, “Participants will demand accountability not just from President-elect Trump but from Senate and Congress members who are charged with overseeing the Criminal Justice Reform Act, the Voting Rights Bill, Supreme Court nominations and other Trump political appointments. Our movement, #WeShallNotBeMoved, will send a clear message to those in power that the fight for equal rights and justice for all continues,” he states. The four top concerns outlined involve police reform, mass incarceration, stop and frisk, the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, education, and climate change. Sharpton first announced the march on a mid-November teleconference during which he told reporters that he was not fazed by Trump’s apparent change of demeanor toward President Barack Obama. Despite his less vitriolic demeanor, Trump has since surrounded himself with an almost lily White cabinet and advisors, including Steve Bannon, a founder of Breitbart news, the voice of the so-called “alt-right” – White supremacists and racists. “Whether one whispers or whether one shouts, if the message is the same what does it matter?” Sharpton told reporters on that call. “I think we are mistaking his change in tone with change in content.” That said, Sharpton has organized a march and rally that will include civil rights groups, activists, unions and clergy outside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in D.C. Sharpton said the march will include “Americans from every state, race, religion and ethnicity,” who will “warn President Trump and Congress that the fight for criminal justice, voting rights, affordable health care, improvements in education and other issues around equality and justice continues.” The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of National Action Network is sponsoring a bus to D.C.The cost of the trip is $145 per person For information about the trip call Ms Tanika Coleman (Creative Sensations Travel) at 716-249-1246

Challenger Community News • • January 11, 2017

Remembering Lumon Ross… Again

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t’s Friday, January 6th. No wonder I couldn’t sleep last night. I figured it out in the wee hours of the morning, as I tossed and drifted in and out of what felt like a dream. Finally, I got still and focused, trying to discern the presence I was feeling. It was Bro. Lu. Yes…I remember now…the first week of 2014, just as I had made my annual, mental sweep of my loved ones, and thanked God for seeing us all through the year that had just ended. Then, on January 7th, the phone rang after midnight. It was Bro. Sam. Something had to be wrong. His voice broke as he told me we’d lost Bro. Lu, and before I could find Sabirah words to ask him what had happened, Muhammad the he was gone. I supposed I’m traumatized now, wary of whatever cruel caper the first week of the new year has in store. Wary of another midnight phone call, just as I’ve breathed my annual sigh of relief. Bro. Lu’s daughter contacted me online in recent weeks, looking for anyone who could help her find an audio recording so she could hear her Daddy’s voice. She had been searching for 3 years, but Bro. Sam and I were able to make that happen for her within a day. She was ecstatic. Now, on the eve of the anniversary of the day that he left us, I realize something. We all need to hear his voice again…his praise, his counsel, his warning. We need to remember how he studied the systems that keep resources away from our communities, and strategized expertly on how we could wrest them back. We even need to remember that he chastised us as a church family for filling the coffers of the same banks that refuse to finance our efforts, and all of us for the habit of abandoning our own businesses at the slightest infraction. He reminded those of us who are in business to be pleasant; to greet the customer with a smile. We need to hear it again. Those of us who loved him need to pause for just a moment, and relish the treasure we once beheld in our hulking, relentless terminator, who came to this time space reality on a single-minded mission: search out, identify, and steamroll any force keeping Black folk locked in perpetual slavery. Bro. Lu’s daughter asked me a simple, beautiful question, one that I now need to answer for anyone who wants to listen. She asked: “How did you know my Dad?” I need to tell you how we knew him. I need to tell you how we perceived him and received him, and synced with his kindred soul. How we learned the way he loved, became immune to his gruff, no-nonsense disposition, and oblivious to his seemingly cantankerous exterior. I need to tell you that we knew he wasn’t well… that a little birdie had told us discreetly what he wouldn’t have wanted us to know. He never spoke of his physical condition, and not just because of pride. It didn’t matter. Whenever the angel came for him, he’d know just where to find him – somewhere working for Black folk. I need to tell you about the genteel love that grew over Continued Page 11

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"Repositioning the Body of Christ Through Prayer and Fasting" at Zion Missionary Baptist Zion Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting the "Repositioning the Body of Christ Through Prayer and Fasting" Monday morning altar prayer for the month of January 2017. Please add these dates to your calendar of events for the month of January: Monday Jan. 16 @ 6am Monday Jan. 23 @ 6am Monday Jan. 30 @ 6am For more information, please contact the church office at 886-1362.


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Buffalo Philharmonic String Quartet Celebrates Martin Luther King With Visit to Four East Side Churches Four members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform during services in several East Side churches in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and to raise awareness of the BPO's new Diversity Council. On Jan. 15 - King's actual birthday - they will perform at 10 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, 402 Clinton St. and at 10:30 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine St. On Jan. 29, they will perform at 9:30 a.m. at True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St. and at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St. BPO Diversity Council co-chairs Otis N. Glover and Rev. Melody Rutherford will introduce the quartet to the congregation at each performance, increasing awareness of the newly-

formed Council in the process. The formation of the Diversity Council last spring places the BPO at the vanguard of a national movement to diversify the American classical music scene and to cultivate a racially, ethnically and culturally diverse audience for orchestral music. The Council will help the orchestra work towards the goals of featuring artists of color in concerts; creating programs tied to community events and history that are relevant to diverse audiences; establishing collaborative partnerships with diverse organizations; supporting music education in under-served areas and encouraging broad participation in music programs; and seeking diversity at all levels of the organization including the Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers and the orchestra itself.

First Shiloh to Hold Meet & Greet The American Baptist Women of New York State will have a “meet and greet” session for all young adult women interested in missions and ministry on Saturday January 14 at 9am. This gathering will take place at First Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine St. (on the corner of Pine and South Division) in the City of Buffalo. Please wear comfortable shoes, bring paper and pen and come prepared for Christian fun fellowship. A continental breakfast will be served. For more information and to RSVP call Geri Daniels at (716) 816-5948. We look forward to seeing you there! “Keep the faith and the faith will keep you!” Rev. Jonathan R. Staples is Host Pastor.


is always a danger that we will make it appear externally that we believe in God when internally we don’t. We say with our mouths that we believe in Him, but we live with our lives like He never existed. That is the everpresent danger confronting religion. That’s a dangerous type of atheism.” Dr. Martin Luther King

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Kim Burrell’s Homosexuality Remarks Continue to Incite Backlash

A historically Black university in Texas has decided to stop airing Kim Burrell’s radio show after her remarks about “perverted” homosexuality continue to incite backlash. Texas Southern University announced in a media release obtained by Deadline Friday, Jan. 6, that “Bridging The Gap” has been canceled, simply stating, “The Kim Burrell Show is no longer airing as part of KTSU Radio programming.” The cancellation of the program followed the gospel singer’s sermon that was posted online Saturday, Dec. 30. In it, she described homosexuality as a “sinful nature” and said it was a “perverted … spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women.” Burrell responded to the backlash by attempting to clarify her comments in a now-deleted Facebook Live video. “To every person that is dealing with the homosexual spirit, that has it, I love you because God loves you,” she explained. “But God hates the sin in you and me, anything that is against the nature of God.” I never said ‘LGBT,’” Burrell added. “I said ‘sin.’” Then, on Thursday, Jan. 5, a sermon by singer and pastor Shirley Caesar surfaced which seemed to show her proclaiming Burrell should have spoken up about homosexuality sooner. “You should’ve said something four years ago when our President made that stuff all right,” Caesar stated in the 18-second clip. However, the remark has since been revealed to have been taken out of context, as a full version of the sermon posted by Facebook user Frederick W. Sanders shows Caesar was not talking about homosexuality at all.


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Get Your Pantry Popping! Part One “The first wealth is health” Ralph Waldo Emerson


he New Year is well underway and I’m sure most of us are trying to stay committed to our resolutions to lose weight and be healthier. We’ve vowed to exercise more, eat less and cut back on the carbs. But how many of us have made the same resolutions year after year and have not been able to keep up with them for more than a week or two? I have a different solution, instead of the same old resolutions, let’s set a new goal. Let’s aim to get our pantries popping! Over the next few weeks, I will show you the items you need in your pantry and the items you may want to say goodbye to for good. These pantry swap outs will give you the foundation needed to begin the journey to achieve optimal health. Kathleen N.

RICHARDSON As we discuss the pantry swaps, there is one important rule to always keep in mind. To achieve optimal health, we must always aim to eat foods as close to its natural state as possible. That means to eat foods that are not overly processed, refined and full of artificial ingredients.

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Volunteers Needed to Help With Co-Op “Pick-Up Day” Additional volunteers are needed to help for the African Heritage Food Co-Op Pick Up Day this Saturday,January 14 at the Edward Saunder’s Center from 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM. . The good news is, you don’t have to be a member of the co-op to volunteer and any time you can give will be greatly appreciated. If you are willing to help, please email me your availability at: ahfcvolunteer@gmail . You can also call it in at 716-5332787, or inbox Ricka White on Facebook as to your availability. The Co-Op is now in its 6th buy-in. Fredrick BartonHarris is the volunteer coordinator.

The first pantry swap is to replace white table salt with Himalayan pink salt. Table salt is highly refined and processed to remove all “impurities”. But these “impurities” are 84 minerals! After the minerals have been removed, anti-caking agents are added to table salt to keep it from clumping. The anti-caking agents are man-made using artificial ingredients. Table sale is completely devoid of any nutrients. Keeping in mind that the goal is to eat foods as close to its natural state as possible, table salt is as far away from the natural state of salt as it gets.

Kathleen Richardson is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, specializing in weight management, Type II Diabetes and Hypertension management and making the switch to Organic and Non-GMO

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The full moon is a time of positive opportunity if you use it correctly. It can increase your positive energy or conversely, it can wreak havoc on your emotions. Since the full moon pours down a tremendous amount of energy, you must be in a calm state of mind to receive a positive effect. Remember that whatever is going on in your body, mind and spirit will be amplified. If you are angry, you will feel angrier or if you are happy, you will feel happier. During the full moon, the ocean swells and emergency rooms have more patients. The energy is very powerful so it’s important to direct it with positive intention. Crazy energy as well as loving energy will be intensified. Knowing this is a huge opportunity for your emotional and spiritual growth.

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Sealed bids will be received until 2:00 PM on February 9, 2017, at the office of The Krog Group, LLC located at 4 Centre Drive, Orchard Park, NY 14127, Attention: Arnie Cubins, Project Manager, Tel. 716-667-1234, for the TRICO Redevelopment Project – Core and Shell Package 2 (“Project”). Faxed or emailed bids or bids in any format other than on the Bid Form contained herein may be rejected. Questions during the bidding period must be emailed or faxed to Bob Molnar at: or 716-667-1258 (fax) by January 27, 2017. The Krog Group, LLC will not accept or respond to questions from prospective bidders received orally. The TRICO Redevelopment – Core and Shell Package 2 (“Project”) includes: •C-201 – Sitework •C-209 - Exterior Facade at Courtyard •C-202 – Concrete Foundations and Flat Work • C-210 – Plaza Deck Coatings •C-203 – Unit Masonry •C-211 - Courtyard Finishes •C-204 – Masonry Restoration •C-212- Vertical Transportation •C-205 - Bridge & Plaza Structural Steel •C-213 – Plumbing •C-206 - Miscellaneous Light Iron •C-214 – Fire Protection •C-207 – Hollow Metal Doors, Frames, Hardware •C-215 – HVAC •C-208 - Overhead and Coiling Doors •C-216 - Electrical The Contract Documents may be obtained at Avalon Document Services and the following websites: Avalon Document Services The Construction Exchange of Buffalo and WNY, Inc. 741 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 2660 William Street, Buffalo, NY 14227 (716) 995-7777 (716) 874-3435 Complete sets of the Bid Documents may be obtained at the office of Avalon Document Services, 741 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, approximate cost of $300 for each set made payable to Avalon at the time drawings are picked up. Bidders are to provide an active email address, street address (no PO Box Numbers), phone number, and contact name. Partial sets or sections of the Contract Documents are not recommended. The failure or omission of any bidder to receive or examine any form, instrument, or document shall in no way relieve any bidder from any obligation in respect to his bid. A pre-bid conference and walkthrough will be held on January 25, 2017. Time and location to be announced. This conference will be the only scheduled opportunity that prospective bidders will have to visit the facilities. Additional site visits may be scheduled on an as-needed basis with Krog. All pre-bid RFIs must be received no later than 12:00 p.m. on January 27, 2017. Any bidder who is preparing a bid based upon the Contract Documents available at various service agencies, is responsible for obtaining the addenda from the hosting service. Failure of any bidder to receive any such addendum or interpretation shall not relieve any bidder from any obligation under this bid as submitted. All addenda so issued shall become part of the Contract Documents. The Krog Group, LLC recognizes the need to take action to ensure that minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE’s), and minority and women employees and principals are given the opportunity to participate. Accordingly, The Krog Group, LLC fosters and promotes the participation of such individuals and business firms. Therefore, all subcontractors and suppliers are expected to comply with the Goals set forth in Section 00 43 31 (“M/WBE Utilization and Workforce Diversity”), and to use good faith efforts to attain the diversity and workforce utilization goals stated therein.


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“Crossing the Border”: A discussion on race, presidential SUNY Buffalo State College Annual election and recent Paladino comments Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration The Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization (BPTO) and the Urban League Young Professionals are hosting “Crossing The Border” a discussion on race, the presidential election, and the recent comments of board member Carl Paladino. The event will be held on January 18th, 5:30pm at East High School. This discussion will feature a panel of Buffalo public school students, and Buffalo public school teachers and is free and open to the public. Other event partners: Alpha Phi Alpha Rho Lambda Chapter, Black Lives Matter Buffalo, Say Yes Buffalo, the WNY Pride Center, Citizen Action WNY, the Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition, Friendship Baptist Church, and Buffalo Prep.


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UNY Buffalo State College Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is going to be one to have a front row seat for this year’s guest, Michaela Angela Davis. Image activist, writer, creative director and cultural commentator, Michaela strongly believes this is the time for a critical community conversation about who we are and where we go from here. “We need to talk about radical strategies to transform our lives,” says Ms. Davis. “Martin Luther King was a radical, a revolutionary and visionary. I plan to tap that energy because our young people should be aware that we support them and inspire them to be active because this is their time, their country and their work to do.” . Michaela has been honored by NAACP, UNCF, The City of NY and written widely about gender, race, culture, beauty, identity (among other subMichaela Angela Davis. jects) and known for her identity project MADFREE – liberating conversations about image, beauty and power and her current project on Black hair called The Hair Tales. A true conversationalist she has led talks on leading campus and television networks like ABC, MSNBC and BBC and is a frequent cultural critic on CNN. She lives in the Peoples Republic of Brooklyn and is the proud mother of a Buffalo State College Graduate Elenni Davis Knight. The event takes place Thursday, February 2 from 7- 9pm at the Burchfield Penney Art Center located at 1300 Elmwood Ave. The event is sponsored by the Buffalo State Equity and Campus Diversity Office, Faculty- Student Association, Alumni Affairs Office, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Grant Allocation Committee and the Challenger Community News. You can also NON-BLEED: | CMYK learn more about 10.375 MichaelaXat5.5 @michaelaangelad .

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Alemaedae Theater Presents Pilot Episode Of The TV Series “Daddy’s Girl Club” Alemaedae Theater Productions will be screening the pilot episode of the TV series "Daddy's Girl Club"on Saturday, January 14 at 7p.m. at Canisius College Student Center Regis North, 80 Hughes Avenue. The show deals with four women who all have “daddy issues” and how those issues affect their adult relationships. There will be a Q&A about the show and the issues related to the show immediately after the screening. ​General Tickets are $15 in advance and will be available online at ONLY. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information call 716-602-6253 or visit to make donations and watch the trailer.

On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn blasted off into space and became the first American to orbit Earth. Behind the scenes, thousands of engineers and mathematicians worked tirelessly to make NASA’s Friendship 7 mission a success. Historical photos show them as White men in crisp white shirts and ties — but we now know there’s more to that picture. “They were dreamers” In the film Hidden Figures, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer plays Dorothy Vaughan, NASA’s first African-American supervisor. Taraji P. Henson plays Katherine Johnson, an extraordinary mathematician who calculated the trajectories for Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission. (Johnson also worked on the Apollo and space shuttle programs.) And singer and actress Janelle Monáe cried when she first read the script. She plays Mary Jackson, who, according to NASA, “may have been

HIDDEN NO MORE: (L-R) Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer.

the only Black female aeronautical engineer in the field” in the 1950s. Monáe says, “I was really upset because, as an African-American young woman, I had no idea who Mary Jackson was, who Dorothy Vaughan was, who Katherine Johnson was, who the colored ‘computers’ were.” “It’s our story” At 98, Katherine Johnson is the only surviving “hidden figure” featured in the movie. In 2015, President Obama awarded Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her 33-year career at Langley. Johnson, who became a high school freshman at age 10, says she always liked learn-

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the years between Bro. Lu and Bro. Akil (Ajamu)…a Christian and a Rasta…finding common cause over a literal ocean of ideology. You should have been there, to see them embrace each other with reverence, each and every time…no more we, just “I and I.” I need to tell you how he loved Minister Farrakhan, though he had no time for that “Mooslum” stuff. All day, every day, he had an ear for The Minister’s vision of a robust Black economy. I need to tell you about his love for Bro. Sam, who cheated, and got more time and more counsel than the rest of us. He would be notoriously late to our meetings, which infuriated Bro. Lu. Someone would pull out a phone and get him on the line. If he said he was 5 minutes away, Bro. Lu would say…ok, that means half an

hour. One evening, when Bro. Sam finally arrived, Bro. Lu screwfaced him and didn’t speak. Bro. Sam spoke, and Bro. Lu sniped something sarcastic. Bro. Sam sat down right beside him and leaned over onto his arm…and Bro. Lu burst out laughing…uproariously. He loved him some Sam. He knew that one person in alignment is more powerful than a million who aren’t, and wanted the presence of the young lion he was pouring himself into. Lumon Ross loved our children, young folk who were trying to become. He loved old folk who were trying to become. He was in love with the idea of our becoming. He stewarded the young and anchored the old, with wisdom, time, with any resource he had. He was grace and refinement, and wild, raging


moxie. He was kindness and gentility, and rock solid, “OG” brawn. He was that tree, standing by the water, that would not be moved. This…is how we knew him. Do you remember Lumon Ross? How did you know him? Take a moment today…just a moment, and commemorate those who won’t make the popular list of recently departed notables whose memory we should cherish. Remember Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, and Maurice White. Remember Afeni Shakur and your own beloved grandmother. Pay your respects. And when you do…remember…Lumon Ross.




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Community Celebrations Honor Dr. King THURSDAY JANUARY 12


Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Durham Memorial Martin Luther King Luncheon and Auction

The Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, will host its annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday, January 12 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Ring of Knowledge. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature Master of Ceremonies community leader and poet Clifford Bell; also, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, The Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo, Storyteller Sharon Holley, singer Pastor Angela R. Stewart, speaker Sheila Brown Owner & Manager of WUFO Radio, and Library Director Mary Jean Jakuboweki. For more information call 858-8900.


Martin Luther King Jr. Winter Fun Fest

The Buffalo United Front will host its annual Winter Fun Fest at Como Park Monday, January 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no age limit and all events are free including tubing and sledding, food and fun! If there is no snow on January 16 the event will be held on the first Saturday with snow. For more information call 818-3410. Event sponsors include World Famous House of Masters Famous Doughnuts, ECMC, National Fuel, Fox Tire, WUFO, Mandella Market, Legislator Barbara Miller Williams, No Grease! and The Challenger Community News.

Martin Luther King Born Day Celebration A Martin Luther King Day Born Celebration will be held on Monday January 16, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Grant Street Neighborhood Center 271 Grant Street (between Lafayette and Delavan). The event will be featuring some of Buffalo’s most prestigious scholars, activists and musicians. For more information contact Aminah Johnson at PUSH Buffalo (716) 884-0356.

27th Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast Pastor Herschel Chapman, Jr. and the Christian Education Scholarship Committee of New Hope Baptist Church are pleased to announce the 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. The breakfast will be held on Monday January 16 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center 153, Franklin Street. Dr. Katherine Conway Turner, President of Buffalo State College will be the keynote speaker. She currently leads a college campus with an undergraduate and graduate population over 11,000 students. Like many of our scholarship recipients, Dr. Conway-Turner was also a first generation college student in her family. The MLK Scholarship DR. CONWAY-TURNER Breakfast is a community service project that is committed to honoring the legacy of Dr. King by carrying on his dream of educational equality. The proceeds from the breakfast are used to fund scholarships for deserving, first semester college students who have recently graduated from a Buffalo Public School. Tickets are $35 per person or $325 for a table of ten. Free parking is available at the Fernbach Ramp of Pearl and Court or Franklin and Court. For additional information please contact New Hope Baptist Church at (716) 883-0821 or the program Chair, Retta Billingslea at (716) 835-4737.

The Durham Memorial A.M.E. Zion Women’s Day Committee will host a Martin Luther King Luncheon and Auction on Sunday, January 15 after church at 1:30 p.m. at the Durham Memorial Outreach Center, 200 E. Eagle Street.

Howard University Law School Dean to Keynote Afro American Historical Association’s Annual MLK Program The 12th Annual Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Program will be held Sunday, January 15 at 3 P.M. in the auditorium of the Buffalo History Museum (formerly Buffalo Erie County Historical Society), 1 Museum Court. The speaker for this event will be Danielle Holley-Walker, Dean of the Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC. who will speak on the topic, “The Time Is Always Now.” Dean Holley was previously the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina, School of Law. She was born in Buffalo, New York but grew up in Houston, Texas. She earned her B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from Harvard University. She clerked for Chief Judge Carl DEAN HOLLEY-WALKER E. Stewart of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Fifth Circuit. She then practiced civil litigation in Houston. She began her teaching career at Hofstra University School of Law, and in 2005 moved to the University of North Carolina. Dean Holley teaches Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, and Federal Courts. Her ongoing research agenda focuses on issues of educational opportunity and inclusion, with an emphasis on the governance of public schools. She has won numerous awards and continues to be active in her community. This program is free and open to the public. Co-Sponsors are: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Rho Lambda Chapter of Buffalo, the Buffalo Branch NAACP, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Omega Chapter. W. Charles Brandy is President of the AAHANF.

THURSDAY JANUARY 19 Niagara Falls Martin Luther King Community Celebration The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration will be held Thursday, January 19 at 6 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road, Niagara Falls. The event is free and open to public. Dorothy Counts Scoggins, who experienced extensive racist harassment when she and others participated in the desegregation of schools in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1956, will be the guest speaker. 

 The Civil Rights Achievement Award will be presented to Bill Bradberry; the Spirit of Dr. King Award will be presented to Ron Anderluh. Honored with the Youth Civil Rights Achievement Award will be NFHS student Grace Stewart.

 The Niagara Falls City School District, National Federation for Just Communities of WNY, Inc., the Niagara Falls Housing Authority, Niagara Falls Police Department, Niagara County Leg. Owen Steed, Families and Children’s Services of Niagara, the Niagara Gazette, and Leadership Niagara are proud to welcome Ms. Counts Scoggins to Niagara Falls .

“People of Buffalo United To Remove Carl Paladino!” On MLK Day, come out for a city-wide prayer vigil lifting up our communities, our school board, and our children against racism, bigotry, and all manners of disruption in the administration of their education. The event will take place on Monday, January 16 at MLK Park in front of Dr. King’s monument, beginning at 1p.m. As a community, we will stand united for the removal of Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board. All communities throughout the city and county are invited to attend. Families and children are welcome. For more information call 716-308-0002.

FRIDAY JANUARY 13 VA WNY Healthcare System to Hold MLK Observance VA Western New York Healthcare System will celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life with a special event hosted by the VA’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office and African American Employment Program Committee. The event will be Friday, January 13 from noon to 1p.m. in room 301, Freedom Hall Buffalo VA Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave. A video featuring Dr. King’s civil rights leadership, along with several displays will be shown. Light refreshments will also be served. “Dr. King was instrumental in making positive changes in the fight for civil rights and equality, through nonviolent efforts,” commented Donna Brown African American Employment Program Manager.



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Emerging Philanthropists Of Color Award Inaugural Grants To Two Local Youth-Serving Organizations At Signature Event

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Attending NASA Space Camp Was Awesome!

By Syndey Palmer

I wrote an essay on why I wanted to go to Space Camp. I was chosen as one of two students out of the 6th and 7th grade in City Honors to attend Space Camp. On July 23,2016 I had the opportunity to visit NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Funded by Northrop Grumman, I spent 6 days there learning about space and experiencing space simulations. I want to become an engineer involved with space!

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative’s (CGLI) new grant opportunity under the Emerging Philanthropists of Color (EPC) giving circle, announced in November two grant awards of $2,500 each to two Western New York youth-serving nonprofit organizations including: Ballin for a Cause and The College Simulation Experience. Both organizations focus on providing services for students in Buffalo, Lackawanna and Niagara Falls that: support and promote diversity, improve educational achievement for students living in low-income communities and increase racial/ethnic equity. Ballin for a Cause, an organization that utilizes sports as a tool to engage youth in yearround positive programs, features four core areas in their programming efforts including: education, youth sports, health and community giving in their programming efforts. Lindsey Taylor is Executive Director of Ballin for a Cause. “This grant allows us to support our new programs for 2017 and enhance our current programs,” she said. The second organization receiving the grant called The College Simulation Experience, provides an interactive curriculum that enhances knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of college and adult life as students’ transi-


SERVING THE YOUTH: Representatives from Ballin for a Cause (pictured above) and The College Simulation Experience were awarded a grant of $2,500 each. tion from high school to collegiate life. “As we enter our second year of programming, we’ve been afforded the opportunity to impact a total of 1,700 Western New York students to date,” said April Baskin, Executive Director of The College Simulation Experience. “For the last eight months we’ve desired to widen our curriculum and reach more students and now with the EPC grant, we are on the road to reaching our new goal.” The EPC presented the two grants during the CGLI’s fourth annual Pay It Forward Awards event ceremony on November 16, 2016. The CGLI’s Pay It Forward Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their commitment to cultivate positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color in Western

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Community Outreach Meeting Saturday, January 14, 2017 • 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library 1324 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208

Elmwood Village Charter School (EVCS) cordially invites parents and their children to attend a community meeting to learn more about the Elmwood Village Charter School’s new Hertel Avenue and original Days Park campuses. Both campuses are currently accepting applications for enrollment. The Hertel campus is accepting applications for students in K-2nd grade, and the Days Park campus is accepting applications for students in K-8th grade for the fall of 2017. Staff will be on hand to provide information about EVCS programs, assist with submitting applications for both campuses, and answer questions. Light refreshments will be provided. To learn more about Elmwood Village Charter School or to obtain an application, visit


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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and confidence, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



he Challenger Community News stands in solidarity with all those who have been courageous enough to denounce Carl Paladino’s racist, disrespectful rant against President and Mrs. Obama. Although the controversy started with a Dec. 23 ArtVoice survey, the outrage continues to grow, as does the call for his removal from the Buffalo Board of Education. Here are the words that caused the latest uproar and made national and international news: When asked in the survey what he would like to see in 2017 Paladino’s reply was: “Obama

catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarret, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her. Michelle Obama. I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.” -Enough is EnoughSince the survey appeared: *The Board of Education passed a resolution ordering Paladino to resign from his post . The Board also voted 6 to 2 to call on the state education commissioner to remove him from office. * Mr. Paladino has since offered a “half-baked apology”but refuses to step down. *Thousands have signed petitions calling for his removal. *There have been marches and rallies calling for Paladino to resign from the Board of Education. Even residents of South Buffalo, his home turf, announced plans to peacefully march on his residence to ask him to step down. *The most recent action, a “People of Buffalo United Against Carl Paladino” communitywide prayer vigil will be held at MLK Park, Fillmore & Best St. at the King Monument, at 1 p.m. Martin Luther King Day, Monday January 16. On this page are excerpts from some of the many letters and emails we received from our readers.

ERIE COUNTY EXECUTIVE MARK POLONCARZ “While the First Amendment of our Constitution protects the right of free speech, no matter how deplorable it may be, there can be no room in our civil discourse for such hate and anger. These comments harken back to the darkest days of racism in our nation’s history. Anyone who has these beliefs is unfit to hold public office and especially unfit to oversee the education of children. In order to focus on the educational needs of the children of the City of Buffalo, and not on the outlandish behavior of a Buffalo School Board member, I hereby call on Mr. Paladino to immediately resign his position as a member of the School Board.”

JOAN SIMMONS “I take exception to Paladino’s vile and disrespectful comments about President and First Lady Obama. He wants to hide behind the First Amendment? After the national outrage, Paladino claims his comments were just meant to be funny. Really? What kind of perverted mind would think that wishing for the death of the President of the United States, insulting, and denigrating the First Lady of the United States would be viewed as humorous in any way? The same person who thought saying he groped women’s genitals was just “locker room talk. I believe as a nation we are at a dangerous crossroads, both as it pertains to retaining our liberties and humanity. The Trump’s and Paladino’s must be challenged! Black people need to stop being so conciliatory. We need to stop making excuses for those individuals who disrespect and insult us! Call them what they are, racists and bigots and more. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, guess what……”

“We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us.” - John Russwurm, Freedom’s Journal. 1827 America’s 1st Black Newspaper

ALPHA KAPPA BOULE’ “We are extremely disheartened and appalled by the recent remarks of Carl Paladino that were directed towards President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. We find these comments to be distasteful, repugnant and repulsive under any circumstances and certainly not reflective of the principles of respect, brotherhood and inclusion that have served as cornerstones of basic human decency. The fact that these remarks come from an individual who serves on the Buffalo School Board and is charged with helping to set direction and provide quality educational opportunities for our school-aged children is of special concern given the emphasis placed on the education of children by Sigma Pi Phi globally and Alpha Kappa Boulé in our local community. There is no question that Mr. Paladino’s comments must be repudiated by men and women of good conscience who have a care and concern for what is right for our community. “

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African-American Women And Allies organized by Lorna Hill, call for Paladino’s removal. Third Eye Photo

LORNA C. HILL “Oust Paladino,” an ad hoc movement to remove Carl Paladino from the Buffalo Board of Education, gathered January 3 in front of City Hall despite a steady rain, to appeal directly to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia, to remove Mr. Paladino as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education. This event was organized by former Buffalo Public Schools teacher and community activist Lorna C. Hill who stated: “We consider Mr. Paladino’s recent remarks regarding President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to be not only inappropriate in public discourse, but damaging to the psyche of all children, especially AfricanAmerican children, who were not shielded from his vile diatribe. As African-American women and mothers, we want to send a loud and clear message that this type of racism and sexism is personally and institutionally hurtful, and has no place in the Buffalo Public Schools.” Hill cited more than 30,000 signatures on at least three online petitions to ask Commissioner Elia to remove Mr. Paladino from the local Buffalo Board of Education. Mayor Brown dismissed the successful gathering as a “sideshow.”

ASSEMBLYMEMBER CRYSTAL PEOPLES-STOKES “Carl Paladino’s comments about President Obama and the First Lady are repulsive and unacceptable. As an elected official and member of the school board, he has a responsibility to advocate for progress and the future of our students. Carl’s openly divisive, racist and hateful comments will not be tolerated and should be grounds for his removal from elected office.”

NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK “We are thoroughly disgusted at the consistent, disrespectful, vial language and references of inferiority that this man has shown to his African American colleagues ...The education of the students in the Buffalo Public Schools is a civil right that is being violated because of the acts of this man and we ask that every community member call the US Attorney .

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“ Black Lives Matter activists here in Buffalo want: 1. Colleges and Universities that have Mr. Paladino on their board to remove him. 2. Mr. Paladino to be removed from all publicly funded boards. 3. Agenda items that are sponsored or co-sponsored by Mr. Paladino be tabled at the school board. 4. Erie County and all other government agencies to vacate their leases with Ellicott Development. 5. We request that Mr. Paladino receive no public dollars for Ellicott Development which includes the hard earned dollars of those impacted by his racist statements. We do not request an apology, we request his resignation. And we support all the groups and committees that are filing a 306 appeal to remove and elected board member for conduct. Finally, we want community leaders, and activists to join us as we turn all of our efforts to impacting local elections across western NY so we can truly have a set of elected officials who represent all of what Buffalo is and can be.”

NAACP “The NAACP Buffalo Branch calls for the immediate removal of South Buffalo School Board Member, Carl Paladino, from the Buffalo Board of Education. His long history of racist and harmful remarks, especially his most recent remarks, are not reflective of a caring and concerned individual seeking to enhance the education of all of our children. This behavior CANNOT, MUST NOT AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!”

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THE ESTATE OF JANE M. DOHERTY; VINCENT DOHERTY, HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF JANE M. DOHERTY; ANN MARIE LONDO, HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF JANE M. DOHERTY; ROBERT DOHERTY, HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF JANE M. DOHERTY, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; LEGAL SERVICES LLC; THE MAY DEPARTMENT STORES; THE ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES; MIDLAND FUNDING, LLC; VELOCITY INVESTMENTS, LLC; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,"JOHN DOE #1" through "JOHN DOE #12," the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations if any having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises described in the complaint, Defendant(s) To the above named Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff's Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure the sum of $63,000.00 and interest, recorded on March 17, 1998, at Control number 199803170342, of the Public Records of ERIE County, New York, covering premises known as 127 SOUTH PONTIAC STREET BUFFALO, NY 14206. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above.

Challenger Community News • • January 11,2017 ERIE County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE

COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: October 10, 2016 RAS BORISKIN, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff BY: JAMES P. MURPHY, ESQ. 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 106 Westbury, NY 11590 (516) 280-7675




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Challenger Community News • • January 11, 2017 LEGAL NOTICE Nationstar v. Finley SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Index #: 12011603069 Filed: 05/03/16 Plaintiff designates Erie County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgaged premises is situated. SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF ERIE Nationstar Mortgage, LLC Plaintiff, -againstAcea M. Mosey, Erie County Public Administrator, as Administrator for the Estate of Melvin Finley, Sr. a/k/a Melvin Finley, Melvin Finley, Sr. a/k/a Melvin Finley's respective heirs-atlaw, next-of-kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors, and successors in interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, any right, title or interest in the real property described in the complaint herein, Edith Finley who was heir to the Estate of Melvin Finley, Sr. a/k/a Melvin Finley's respective heirsat­ law, next-of-kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors, and successors in interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, any right, title or interest in the real property described in the complaint herein, Melvin Finley, Jr. as heir of the Estate of Melvin Finley, Sr. a/k/a Melvin Finley and as heir of the Estate of Edith Finley who was heir to the Estate of Melvin Finley, Sr. a/k/a Melvin Finley, Clara D. Motley as heir to the Estate of Melvin Finley, Sr. a/k/a Melvin Finley and as heir to the Estate of Edith Finley who was heir of the Estate of Melvin Finley, Sr. a/k/a Melvin Finley, Chouchani & Sayegh, M.D., LLP, Erie County Department of Social Services, Erie County Medical Center Corporation Individually and on behalf of Erie County Medical Centery Healthcare Network, Gabriel E. Chouchani, M.D., Midland Credit Management, Inc., New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, United States of America, Lucarelli's Banquet Center, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S): YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your Answer or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance on the attorneys for the plaintiff within twenty (20) days after service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service; or within thirty (30) days after service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York; or within sixty (60) days if it is the United States of America. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: Bay Shore, New York December 15, 2015 FRENKEL, LAMBERT, WEISS,

WEISMAN & GORDON, LLP BY: Pamela Flink Attorneys for Plaintiff 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, New York 11706 (631) 969-3100 Our File No.: 01-047002-F00 TO: Acea M. Mosey, Erie County Public Administrator, as Administrator for the Estate of Melvin Finely, Sr. a/k/a Melvin Finley 625 Delaware Avenue Suite 304 Buffalo, NY 14202 New York State Department W.A. Harriman Campus Building 9 Albany, NY 12227 Melvin Finley, Jr. as heir to the estate of Melvin Finley Sr. a/k/a Melvin Finely and as heir to the Estate of Edith Finley who was heir to the Estate of Melvin Finley, Sr. a/k/a Melvin Finley 782 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo, NY 14212 and/or VA Med Center 400 Fort Hill Ave Bldg 9a Room 141 Canandaigua, NY 14424 Clara D. Motley as heir to the Estate of Melvin Finley, Sr. a/k/a Melvin Finley and as heir to the Estate of Edith Finley who was heir to the Estate of Melvin Finley, Sr. a/k/a Melvin Finley 588 Adams Street Buffalo, NY 14211 Lucarelli's Banquet Center 1830 Abbott Road Lackawanna, NY 14218



GOLDEN GLOVES BOXING: The first leg of the New York State Golden Gloves boxing tournament will take place on Sunday, January 29 at Riverworks Sporting complex on Ohio Street at 3 p.m. Don Paterson, pictured above, is chair of the NYS Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament, which will feature amateur boxers from the Western New York region, including several outstanding female boxers. Sponsored by Carubba Collision and Diiaba Entertainment, tickets can be purchased at all Caruba Collision locations and Doris Records. For more information call (716)400-9697.

Walter “Jap” Cromer

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Legendary Buffalo Basketball player Walter "Jap" Cromer passed on December 29, 2016. Known as a prolific scorer and outstanding courts man at East High School, he dominated high school basketball in the mid 60's. He is considered one of the greatest players ever in Buffalo Basketball History. He was a two time All-High pick and led the Yale Cup in scoring in both 1964 and 1965. He was MVP at the prestigious Sharon Pennsylvania All Star tournament scoring at will on NBA defensive specialist Norm Van Leer. Services were held at Old Landmark New Covenant Church on January 6, 2017.

erns Ave Bowling Center located at 163 Kerns Aave., the only Black owned bowling center in New York State and one of 8 USBC certified in the United States, will host Beat The Champ for the second time. Qualifiers will be held at various dates and times in January and televised on WBBZTV during February, Black History Month, at 4pm on Saturday and 11pm on Sunday. This year’s program will include a special edition, featuring the Women of The National Bowling Association. Sponsored by WBBZTV and the Bowling Proprietor’s Assn. of WNY, the program features some of the best bowlers from various centers in WNY, who will compete for prizes and bragging rights. This competition is open to “ALL” bowlers. For more information, please go to Beat the Champ on Facebook Daniel Adams Jr, President & or call Kerns at 892-3331. CEO, Kerns Avenue Bowling Kern’s mission is “To provide a safe, clean environment for recre- Center ation within its community.”

Buffalo Bills - What a Mess!!!!


es, the rest of the country and local media finally found out that what Pat Freeman and I have been reporting on for the past several years is true: Bills General Manager Doug Whaley has very little power in the organization. Mr. Whaley has not been allowed to freely make moves, especially when it comes to hiring a head coach.. Whaley should be named Head of Football Operations , meaning he would handle all football related issues. A General Manager must hire his own head coach to ensure their philosophy on building a winning team is on the same page. The head coach would report to general Manager and then to the owner. The Bills front office structure is way off base and the main problem is Russ Brandon. Russ Brandon is President of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres and knows nothing about running either sports franchise. He’s the main reason both teams have been in last place in their respective divisions for years (17 years for Bills and 10 years for Sabres!) It’s time for the Pegulas to fire Russ Brandon and allow experts like Doug Whaley do their job without Brandon’s meddling and lack of knowledge of either sports including contract negotiations. It’s quite obvious that Russ Brandon is acting like George a puppeteer, pulling strings behind the scenes and not being called on the RADNEY carpet for it by the Pegula’s. Brandon has been with the Bills organization for 19 years and has proven to be an excellent salesman and being able to sellout the stadium for most of his tenure. When former owner Ralph Wilson became ill, he gave Brandon the power to run the team and make decisions on the on-field product. Brandon’s first big mistake was allowing all-pro offensive lineman Jason Peters to leave after Bills drafted him and converted him from tight end to left tackle, and now Peters is in his 14th season playing for Philadelphia Eagles and is one of the best left tackles in the game today. Bills former Head Coach Doug Marrone was allowed to leave with a 4 million dollar bonus written into his contract under Russ Brandon’s watch as the Pegula’s were taking over the team. Rex Ryan was allowed to con the owners and Russ into a five year contract where usually three years is the norm for a NFL Head Coach. Rex Ryan is leaving Buffalo with 27.5 million dollars in his pocket for less than two years being on the job. Greg Roman, former Bills offensive coordinator, is still being paid for three years left on his contract. It’s been blunder after blunder in the Bills front office and the only constant person is Russ Brandon. Bills have become a laughing stock around the league with their inexperience in the front office. Bills are looking at letting QB Tyrod Taylor go because once again, the contract was not written in favor of the Bills. If Taylor’s groin is not healed after surgery by March 11, 2017 and he does not pass a physical, the Bills could have to pay him due to a clause in his contract. That’s once again another example of poorly written contracts and leadership in the front office. The Bills must find a way to keep Tyrod Taylor as QB and work on improving the defensive side that Rex Ryan and his crew messed up. I’m surprised former Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has not been interviewed for the Head Coach Position. Bills interim Head Coach Anthony Lynn would be a quick fix provided he would bring in a quality defensive coordinator who runs 4-3 scheme. The Bills personnel fits a 4-3 scheme and would be most beneficial to the team. If Tyrod Taylor is not retained as QB, why would Anthony Lynn take the position? He probably would be better off taking another opportunity around the league. Anthony Lynn probably would take Tyrod Taylor with him. The bottom line is Russ Brandon must go and a more experienced person must take over handling contracts and overall business for the Bills and Sabres. NFL Playoff predictions for this coming weekend: Cowboys v. Packers, Cowboys will win with strong running game 27-21. Seattle v. Atlanta, This might be best game of weekend with Seattle strong defense going against best offensive team in the league. Atlanta will make enough mistakes to cost them in a 24-21 win by the Seahawks. Steelers v. Chiefs. A good defensive struggle in cold Kansas City and Steelers experience will carry them to a 20-17 win. (Foot Note If Steelers QB Big Ben can’t play due to sprained ankle or move effectively during game, the Chiefs will win). Houston v. New England, probably the ugliest game of the weekend with Patriots blowing out Texans once again, this time with Tom Brady at QB 31-10.

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Challenger Community News • • January 11, 2017

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HEAP Workshops District 1:09:30am to 3:30pm, CAO Masten Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore Avenue, Leg. Barbara Miller-Williams,842-0490

Elmwood Village Charter School Community Outreach Meeting:

Hustle for Health Seniors line dance fitness class Gloria J Parks Center 3242 Main St,. 11am - 12pm 716 832 1010. Public School Code of Conduct Meeting: 4 pm – 7 pm, Merriweather Library Durham Central City Baby Café .Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30– 7:30pm200 Eagle St. 885-6348

Thursday January 12 2017 Job Fair: Walden Galleria near Sears, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; or 716684-5838. The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St. 885-6348.

Saturday January 14

African Heritage Food Co-Op Pick Up Day: Edward Saunder’s Center, 11:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. volunteers needed, eahfcvolunteer@gmail or call 716-5332787,

Monday January 16 GYC Ministries : Gang Summit Basketball/Open Gym, Ages 14 & Up every 7- 9:30 pm C.R.U.C.I.A.L. 230 Moselle Street (doors lock 7:30pm). Hustle for Health Seniors: NEW Line Dance Fitness class Gloria Parks Center 3242 Main St, noon - 1pm age 60+ 8321010

Tuesday January 17 Healthy Fasting Workshop: St. Luke AME Zion Church, 314 East Ferry Street,11 A.M. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday January 18 HEAP Workshops District 1: 12 noon to 6pm, Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic Street, Leg. Barbara MillerWilliams,842-0490 or HEAP Hotline a t(716) 858-7644. EOC Employer Meet & Greet: 3-5pm. Networking event for those looking to work in healthcare. 555 Ellicott Street. 716.645.1864.

TO PRESENT: Columnist/ Historian Eva Doyle will present a lecture on “Shirley Chisholm: Unbought and Unbossed” at The Buffalo History Museum Wednesday, January 11 at 6 p.m. The event is free.

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J.A.B.O AMVETS POST #1925 held a successful holiday toy drive for Roswell Park, the Teddy Bears to Children’s Hospital project and also donated gift cards to the young men ay McPherson Cottage. A large quantity of toys, teddy bears and fits were collected and donated in the spirit of giving. Many thanks to WBLK, The Dorie Miller Gun and Rifle Club/Doris Miller , ECMC, Dawan Jones, Alissa Marshall and the Brothers and Sisters of International Masons & Eastern Stars and the sisters of Rising Star Chapter WM. Trya Dennard.

Challenger Community News • • January 11,2017

BEN’S TIRE 540 E. Delavan (716) 891- 0281 DELACY FORD INC. Joe Morey 3061 Transit , Elma NY (716) 668-1200 EXQUIZIT BEAUTY 1040 Kensington Pink Door (716) 833-2250 HON. ARTHUR O. EVE & FAMILY JOEL P. FEROLETO Delaware District Common Council Member 1405 City Hall (716) 851-5155 DAVID FRANCZYK Fillmore District Council Member (716) 851-4138 BETTY JEAN GRANT Erie County Legislator 2nd district 790 E. Delavan Ave. Email: JOSEPH GOLOMBEK JR. North Buffalo Council Member (716) 851-5116

DR. THERESA A. HARRIS-TIGG VP Student Achievement /East District Representative Buffalo Public Schools (716) 319-7300 KIDS CAPITAL CHILDCARE Center Inc. 1657 Kensington Ave Suite 400 (716) 833-5215 MANDELLA MARKET 257 E. Ferry Buffalo, NY JUDGE AMY C. MARTOCHE Buffalo City Court (716) 845-2638 MRS. JENNIFER MECOZZI West District Board Member Buffalo Public School (716) 290-0913 JAMES A.W. MCLEOD City Court Judge (716) 845-2632 BARBARA MILLER WILLIAMS Erie County Legislator 1st district 427 William Street (716) 842-0490 FRANKLIN R. (PRATCHER) MUHAMMAD Attorney at Law 1135 Kensington Ave. (716) 838-4612

NEW COVENANT UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Sunday School 9:30 am; Worship Service 10:45am 459 Clinton St. Buffalo, NY 14204 716-856-3392 (Ph#) 716-8563103 (Fax) DARIA PRATCHER Attorney at Law Specialty Real Estate (716) 541-8574 JUDGE ROBERT T. RUSSELL JR. Buffalo City Court Drug Mental Health/Veterans Treatment Court (716) 845-2623 STUDIO J 43 Kenmore Ave. Amherst N.Y. 14226 (716) 83-DANCE STYLES OF MAN 1384 E. Delavan Ave (716) 891-8538 PAULETTE WOODS Central District Board of Education Representative (716) 290-0914 ZAWADI BOOKS 1382 Jefferson Ave.

Challenger Community News January 11, 2017  
Challenger Community News January 11, 2017