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ROC THE PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS! Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that the first Saturday of each summer month will be filled with song and dance. The widely loved ROC THE PARK Music Festival will return for its fifth year at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 353 Court St. “ROC THE PARK is now a firmly established summer tradition and we’re excited to bring it downtown for its fifth year,” said Mayor Warren. “We continue Rochester’s legacy as a City of the Arts with Latino Music Night, and with two other music-filled days featuring tributes to Gospel, Motown and Soul. I invite the community to come out and enjoy these amazing celebrations of music and culture. Special events such as these lift spirits and foster our efforts to create more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and ultimately better educational opportunities for our children.” The finest local and regional talent will grace the stage Saturdays July 7, Aug. 4 and Sept. 1. This year, the family friendly series features an earlier, family friendlier time, with performances at 3 p.m. Returning this year, the City, Carlton Wilcox Live and the Rochester’s Hispanic Heritage Committee will kick off the festival with “Latino Music Night.” This event features salsa, merengue and Latin jazz coupled with local Latino cuisine on July 7. Patrons will enjoy music by headliner Chantell Collado, and special guests Banda Light, Sonidos Unidos, Tipico, DJ Freddy Colon, DJ Bontillo, DJ Johnny Mambo and Franco. The Saturday, Aug. 4 concert brings “ROC the Gospel” featuring a performance by Serena Young, with special guests Brandy J and GHI Music Group. To celebrate the end of the summer, Saturday, Sept. 1 will be filled with Motown and Soul. Patrons can enjoy an Earth, Wind & Fire tribute by Calvin Palmer and the R.B.S. All Star Band. Performances begin at 3 p.m. and gates open shortly before. Entrance is free for kids ages 12 and under. General admission tickets are $6. VIP tickets, which include admission and dinner, are available only at the gate for $25. General admission tickets may be purchased in advance at the Blue Cross Arena Box Office, 100 Exchange Blvd. (no surcharge), or online at (with surcharge). All tickets may be purchased (cash only) at the gate at the corner of Court and Chestnut Street until 9:30 p.m. for each event.

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Guests may bring chairs and one sealed bottle of water per person. Smoking is not permitted in the park. Pets, skateboards, bicycles, in-line skates and drones are not allowed in the festival site. ROC THE PARK is sponsored by the City in conjunction with Roc Music Entertainment, Carton Wilcox Live, 103.9 WKDX, Vickers Design Studio and Minority Reporter.

716 Entrée Cook Off! Known for her hashtag ICOOKULOVE cook Onice Castro who recently relocated from Rochester to Buffalo kicks off the first annual 716 Entrée Cook Off July 21 at Spirit of Truth Urban Ministry, 155 Gold Street from 3p-7p.m. The Cookoff event will have 12 Vendors selling and promoting their products and 1 round 3 way local chef competition . There is still space for limited vendors and 1 competitor. For the Cook Off Admission is $7 Adults, children under 10 are free. You get 3 free raffle tickets at the door with entrance fee, an extra 2 free raffle tickets if you come with a canned good or bag of diapers for the diaper and food drive. Castro says she creates these events with other vendors to uplift motivate support and expose the talents of the local community. Contact Onice for more detail 585-719-7642


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AWARDED: Ahmed Saleh (pctured right), proprietor of Mandella Market on E Ferry and Jefferson Avenue, was among those honored at the SBA Small Business Week Awards Luncheon last month at Salvaltores Italian Gardens. The event was hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Buffalo Niagara. area banks, chambers of commerce and economic development organizations take this opportunity annually to honor their successful small business clients. Mr. Saleh, a native of the East African country of Eritira, will open a second market on Broadway later this year. He was also recognized prior to the awards luncheon by Mayor Brown (pictured left) when the mayor proclaimed May 6-12 as Small Business Week and Economic Development Week in the City of Buffalo. Congratulations Mr. Saleh!

UMOJA To Host State of Our Black Family Program The Umoja Community Organization will host its annual State of Our Black Family program Saturday, June 30 at the Rafi Greene CAO Community Center, 1423 Fillmore Avenue from 12 noon until. The theme is “Africa Is Our First Family, So Put Us First.” The program will feature an “all star” group of speakers who will discuss issues of local and national concern pertaining to the community. Among the confirmed speakers are: Ras Jomo, Karima Amin, Min. Dahveed Muhammad and Masten District Councilmember Ulysees Wingo. Lunch will be served. Brother Sam Radford will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Sis. Patricia Elliott is program co-chair and Brother Bill Peoples is President of Umoja. For more information all (716)332-3773.

Deadline for Carl Allen Scholarship June 30 The deadline for applying for the 2018 Carl R. Allen Memorial Scholarship is June 30. The $1,000 scholarship is sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists with support from The Buffalo News and the Buffalo Newspaper Guild. It is open to African-American high school seniors, as well as college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are or will be pursuing studies leading to a career in journalism.Applicants must be permanent residents of Erie or Niagara counties and have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 or higher. Applications are available in the financial aid departments at area colleges, universities and high schools or by calling 8495598. The scholarship is awarded annually in memory of Allen, a longtime reporter for The Buffalo News and The Challenger, who died in 1999.


Local Pastor Prayerful That SLA Will Not Grant Liquor License to New Owner of GiGi’s Building


istance matters. For the past few decades the Cold Spring COGIC Jesus at 107 Verplank and Gigi’s Restaurant were good neighbors. Then two years ago the iconic Jefferson/Ferry business closed due to a devestating fire. The church, along with the community, was prayerful GiGi’s would one day reopen. Their prayers were answered. It was announced with much fanfare earlier this year that the restaurant would be back in business once again – but in a different location inside the Rev. Wallace new Northland Corridor. It was also revealed that the building that once housed GiGi’s had been sold. The news that followed was even more unsettling. The buildings’ new owner, it was learned, was planning to open a liquor store in that location. Today prayer has been coupled with protest and an outraged community has come together to vehemently push back against such an opening. “We are definitely not in favor of it,” Pastor Joseph Wallace of Cold Spring COGIC Jesus told The Challenger recently. "A nice restaurant” or another family oriented establishment would be a much better choice, one the public would “embrace” he added. His church would particularly appreciate it given the fact that they are located less than 200 feet from the proposed new liquor store. “It will be right next door!” Rev. Wallace pointed out. “So much (negativity) comes with it,” he continued, adding that the concern is that it would downgrade the community. “We don’t want or need liquor stores on every corner.” Rev. Wallace was referring to the fact that there are already at least three other liquor stores within two miles of the one the new Gigi’s building owner is proposing. The community he suggested, is looking to go forward, not backwards. Two weeks ago, residents, members of the clergy, political representatives and even children as young as 10 year old, Jaylah Bell – made their passions clear to Buffalo native state Liquor Authority Deputy Commissioner David L. Edmunds. The meeting, called by Masten District Councilmember Ulysees Wingo, was supposed to be an informational session about how the Authority processes and evaluates applications. However the will of the people prevailed, as speaker after speaker voiced their opposition to plans to open a liquor store in that location. Mr. Edmunds pointed out that given the extent of public agitation, he felt it appropriate to hear the community’s concerns and to give effective direction to them. He said he would also be preparing a summary memo of the meeting to present to the state board as part of their decision making material. He said it typically takes 45 to 60 days to complete the license application process.

Date for 2018 Gala Announced

Black Achievers Scholarship Awardees Named

Black Achievers, Inc., along with Uniland Development Company and Belmont Management Co., Inc., recently awarded $2,500.00 in scholarships to five City Honors graduates during graduation ceremonies. Dr. Catherine Collins, a member of the State Board of Regents and Chairperson of the Black Achievers Scholarship Committee, presented the scholarships to: Damario Gerrald II, Tyrese Kong, Iyanna Coleman, Kenneth Fling and Arielle Nealy. Pictured from left to right are: Damario Gerrald II, The Black Achievers scholarship fund Tyrese Kong, Iyanna Coleman, Dr. Catherine Collins, is one of the projects financed by Black Kenneth Fling and Arielle Nealy. Achievers, Inc. with proceeds from the annual Black Achievers Awards Banquet. Uniland Development Company and Belmont Management Co. Inc., are co-sponsors of the scholarships awarded to the graduates. Black Achievers CEO Herbert L. Bellamy, Jr. announced the organization will be hosting its 46th Annual Awards Banquet. The primary purpose for the awards event is to honor outstanding individuals and highlights the variety and quality of achievements of African Americans in Western New York. Images are powerful in our society, and this event spotlights inspiring stories of personal, professional and community achievements. Over the past 45 years, Black Achievers, Inc. has honored more than 2,600 outstanding individuals. This year the Black Achievers Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 in the Grand Ballroom of the Adam’s Mark Buffalo, 120 Church Street. This gala event features a red-carpet reception which begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Dennmark Vesey

Denmark Vesey, Forgotten Hero In 1822, in Charleston, South Carolina, Dennmark Vesey masterminded what would have been the largest slave revolt in American history. But an informer revealed the plans at the last minute and the revolt was nipped in the bud. Fearing future attempts at insurrection, Charleston slaveowners had Vesey and many of his co-conspirators put to death. Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a committed abolitionist, in his June 1861 Atlantic Magaine account described Vesey's plan (which was developed in collaboration with an enslaved African named Peter Poyas) as "the most elaborate insurrectionary project ever formed by American slaves.... In boldness of conception and thoroughness of organization there has been nothing to compare it with." They plotted to kill the city’s White inhabitants, light its buildings on fire and escape to Haiti by boat. Vesey had even reached out to Haiti’s leaders, hoping to gain military aid. Vesey was no longer senslaved at the time he planned the revolt—he had purchased his own freedom several years before, so his motives were not self-serving—and Charleston's official report of the episode, as quoted by Higginson, made note of Vesey's pride and the strength of his convictions. "Even

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Poolside While Black: Another Case of a White Woman Calling Police on Black Folks For No Reason...


he Root’s Michael Harriot reports that the latest viral video in the ongoing series of White people calling the police on Black people features a White woman who is either drunk, high, suffering a bout of mental illness or just White, making a 911 call while lounging poolside at an Oklahoma City apartment complex. Black folks crime? She was depressed and Black folks wouldn’t talk to her. “Yesterday was my birthday; I was very depressed,” Patty explains to the officer. “I went over and I asked the other girl if I could talk to her, and she said, ‘No.’ She said, ‘What do you want to

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Services Held for Son of Minister Louis Farrakhan

Homegoing services were held on June 8 in Chicago for Louis E. Farrakhan, Jr., the eldest of nine children of Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan and his wife Khadjiah Farrakhan. Farrakhan Jr. was 60 years old and suffered from a heart condition, the Nation of Islam said in a news release. He died in his sleep June 2 at a family home in Phoenix, Arizona. “We thank Allah (God) for the life of Louis Jr., his contribution to rise of “We thank Allah (God) for the life of Louis Jr., his contribution to rise of Black and oppressed people and for touching so many of us in a deep and very personal way,” the statement said.


talk about?’ and I said, ‘I’m depressed.’ ” And then, holding back tears, she explains to the officer how much it hurt her to see the other Black people laughing and taking pictures. Ultimately the cop decided to leave. To show the ignorant, racist absurdity- and potential danger - of these misguided cases of “White privilege,” the Root offers the following examples of White women gone mad… •1.Jennifer “BBQ Becky” Shulte: For alerting authorities to the improper use of cookout technology; •2.Sarah Braash: For calling the cops on a woman sleeping on the couch in her dormitory; •3.Holly Hylton: For allegedly setting the record for 911 calls from a single Starbucks; •4.The Airbnb woman: Who called the cops because she thought three Black women leaving an Airbnb were burglars (one of then Bob Marley’s granddaughter); •5.The baby protector: The White woman who sicced Five-O on a man walking with his child because he looked “suspicious”; •6.Hobby Lobby Laura: Who summoned the police on a man returning items because ... umm ... no one knows; •7.Unreal estate Amber: The unidentified woman who thought a real estate investor was breaking and entering ... with keys; •8.Maggie the manager: The Tacoma, Wash., woman who stood outside a dressing room and loudly read the store’s theft policy before calling the cops; •9.Photo neighbor lady: The unidentified woman who snapped a photo of a man walking his dogs, and submitted it to cops hunting a burglary ring; •10.Beelzebecky: The White woman who screamed that a man had a gun cbecause he was driving through her neighborhood.







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U.S. Suicide Rate Report: White People and Men are Dying by the Thousands In the wake of the suicide deaths of famous persons Kate Spade and Chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain, new federal data was released showing that suicide rates have been increasing for years in almost every state and across demographic lines. However nearly 84 per cent of people who kill themselves are White, and 77 percent are men. -NYT

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Deacon’s Alliance Annual Free Cookout! The Deacon’s Alliance will host its annual FREE COOKOUT for our churches and friends on Saturday, June 30 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Deacons Alliance of WNY, Inc., it will take place at The Farm (Camp Woodside), 5616 Woodside Road, Springville, N.Y. Enjoy fishing (bring your pole), volleyball, soccer, horseshoes, food and Christian fellowship. For more information call Deacon Edward Gayles at 885-6348.

Pastoral Anniversary of Dr. James A. Lewis III A 3-Day Appreciation Celebration of Pastor, Overseer, Dr. James A. Lewis, III will be held June 20-22 for 27 years of Pastoral Ministry, serving as the Shepard of Miracle Missions Full Gospel Church in conjunction with his continued dedicated community service to the City of Buffalo, Western New York and abroad. This year's Appreciation Celebration will begin with Praise and Worship at Miracle Missions FGC, 406 Sycamore Street, at 7p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 and 21 with the honorable Bishop Glenwood H. Young, Pastor of Good Samaritan COGIC on Wednesday, June 20, and the honorable Rev. William Gillison, Pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church on Thursday, June 21. The Appreciation Celebration will be held on Friday, June 22 at 7:00p at the Grapevine Banquet Hall, 333 Dick Road, Depew. For tickets and additional information please contact Lady Zandra Lewis at 716-830-4916, Pastor Marquitta Whitehead at 716-578-1718, or Sister Erma Smith at 716-949-1960.

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Rev. Gillison Quoted in New York Times Article About Newly Empowered Black Voters A June 14th New York Times article titled “Newly Empowered, Black Voters Ask More of Candidates,” quoted the Rev. Dr. William Gillson, (pictured right) the pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Buffalo, who said some candidates lack consistent engagement with the Black electorate. The article was focused on the 2018 gubernatorial race in New York State. A recently released Siena College poll showed the among African Americans likely to vote in November, the incumbent Governor Andrew M. Cuomo leads his opponent Cynthia Nixon, 74 percent to 17 percent. However both candidates, the Times reports, have been accused of “pandering” to the Black community

“When you’re dealing with any community, and you have no relationship with the community, then you’re subject to say things that are offensive to that community,” said Rev. Gillison (pictured right). “A lot of Black voters recognize their worth right now,” said Cristina Greer, a Ford-

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The Month of June Is Such A Special Time The month of June is such a special time with so many celebrations: graduations, weddings, family reunions, proms, my birthday (June 1st), Juneteenth, and the list goes on. PRP2 has so much to celebrate. Our speakers this month will highlight good news. The hope that I have written about for the last two months has come to fruition and is still growing as hard work pays off, minds are opened, policies change, and struggle continues without ceasing. PRP2 had its inception in the month of June 2005; BaBa Eng was released from prison in the month of June 2013; and Gerrod Bennett’s release from prison came in June of 2016. BaBa and Gerrod will be two of our four main speakers. Many have heard BaBa Eng speak about the importance and value of Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices. Many have been trained by him in hubs throughout this city. Donna Habeeb, a PRP2 member and good friend, will talk about the ways in which her family has been positively impacted by a Restorative Conference which BaBa facilitated several months ago. Gerrod Bennett will talk about his reentry experience, recounting the ups and downs which have ultimately led to his college graduation, after 22 years in State Prison and only two years on the outside. Reentry is very difficult, given the pressures that one faces adjusting to the world outside. Gerrod is a successful reentry candidate who beat the odds. Sheila Hayes is someone who can speak effectively about the ways in which an incarcerated loved one’s imprisonment can impact the entire family. Supporting Robert “Seth” Hayes has been extremely challenging. According to the “Jercho Movement” website, “Seth first came up for parole in 1998, but prison officials have refused to release him, and are effectively punishing him for having been a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army.” Still he has remained true to his ideals even after 45 years behind bars, medical maltreatment, and ten parole denials. Recent news has announced that his release from prison has been approved. BaBa Eng is our fourth designated speaker. He will talk about the importance of pa-

rolees now having the right to vote. On April 18, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order granting the right to vote to thousands of New York State citizens, no Karima longer in AMIN prison, who are now on parole. BaBa will talk about the value of this decree and how it effects all of us. I will talk about my visit to Auburn State Prison where I have been invited to speak at the prison’s Juneteenth Celebration. I have not had the opportunity to speak at a prison in quite some time so I am excited and grateful for this opportunity. You’re invited to join us for the celebration at our next meeting, Monday, June 25, 2018 at the Rafi Greene Center located at 1423 Fillmore @ Glenwood in Buffalo, from 7:00- to -9:00pm. For more information, contact Karima Amin, 716-834-8438,; or BaBa Eng, 716-491-5319, g.babaeng@

Elder and Mrs. Charles Blakley Sr. Celebrate 68 Years of Marriage!


lder Charles P. Blakely Sr. and his wife LaRusha Blakely celebrated 68 years of marriage on June 9th at Tempo Restaurant with their eldest son Charles P. Blakely Jr. Mr. Blakely and the former LaRusha Hester were married on June 9th, 1950 at 302 Madison Street in Buffalo. They are the parents of two sons, Charles P. Blakely Jr., and Minister Marvin Blakely, six grandchildren, one (self) adopted grandson, and 5 great grandchildren. Mr. Blakely is an ordained elder at Mount Zion Church of God Holiness Church and a decorated combat World War 2 Veteran who received multiple honors and medals. He was honored in the Buffalo News and shared his war experiences as an African American. He is retired from Bethlehem Steel, and will be 99 years old in September. His wife LaRusha, is a retired Home Health Aide who was loved and trusted by several families in the Buffalo area. Both are longtime and faithful members of Mount Zion Church of God Holiness Church. Congratulations to the lovely couple!


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Satchmo: A Tough Scuffle The Story of Jazz

"Satchmo: A Tough Scuffle - The Story of Jazz, is a one-man show written and performed by talented thespian Danny Mullen which will be presented Friday & Saturday June 22,23 and June 29,30 at 7 p.m. at Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley. Tickets are $20 general admission; $10 students and seniors. For more information call 704-649-4009. Mullen, a talented thespian and former Buffalo resident, used to teach in Buffalo schools. He got his dramatic start here when Lorna Hill cast him in Ujima Theatre's "Pearlie Victoria." He went on to write "Marcus Garvey" and "Mine Eyes." He currently resides in North Carolina.

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ON STAGE *Rochester Jazz Festival, downtown Rochester, June 22-30/

*No Excuses Love Tour, Thursday, July 12, Shea’s Theater, 646 Main St., 8 p.m. featuring Joe, Melanie Fiona, Rude Boys and celebrity host Roy Lee, Thursday, July 12 doors open 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.; tickets $75, $85 Floor, $100 VIP & day of show; available at all Ticketmaster outlets and Doris Records’ concert dedicated in honor of Mack Luchey, founder of Doris Records. *Welcome To Wakanda Dancing With The Stars” Featuring local “stars” Stephanie Foreman, Oswaldo Mestre, Joel Moore and Ronisha Rice hosted by Urban Chamber of Commerce; dress in your best African garb! June 29 7 p.m. Tralf Music Hall, $25 advance, $30 @ door.

*Jill Scott, Friday, June 29 @ 8 p.m., Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Tickets (585) 454-2060


*Walter Kemp 3oh! Cubano! Wednesday, June 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth Street $10 Walter Kemp III, David Teaspoon Hulett, and Rishon Odel will perform with world renown Cuban percussionist Vladimir Espinosa. Vladimir has long toured with Omar Sosa, Michel Ferre, and many others. His new current international touring project is El Coco. Walter Kemp 3oh! composes original music in jazz and jazz-fusion and have recorded the CD Dark Continent with Blujazz Records.

Muhamad School of Music Voice of My Heart Recital Series presents a Henri Star CD & Book Release Concert Party, Sunday, June 24 at 3 p.m. at the Main Street Gallery, 515 Main Street. Featured will be live musical performances by Mastro Henri Star and the Henri Star Orchestra with special guests, music, dance, art, food, book signing, fashion show presentation and more. Tickets are $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door, $50 VIP. For more information, contact the Muhammad School of Music, 617 Main Street Suite 105 or call (716)570-5064; email or visit the website




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Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals to Host 6th Annual Queen City Soiree “Night in Paris”

On Stage @ The Vine @ Del largo Resort& Casino; Adjacent to Thruway @ Exit 41; For ticket information (315)946-1777. *The Legendary Temptations, Friday, July 6 @ 8 p.m.

The Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals organization will host their 6th annual Queen City Soiree “Night in Paris” on Saturday, June 23 at the Acqua Restaurant & Banquets, 2192 Niagara Street. The event will be hosted by Adri V, radio personality, 93.7 WBLK and Abraham R Robinson. For tickets ($70) visit

On Stage @ CANALSIDE *Satudaty July 7 Vanilla Ice, Dwayne Gretzky 6 p.m. *Thursday, July 12, Arrested Developmetn, 6 p.m. *SUMMER SOUL FESTIVAL with Faith Evans, Eric Benet 5 p.m.

*Nicki Minaj, Future, Tuesday October 2,, Keybank Center, 7:30 pm. Tickets $56$157; or by phone 1-888-223-6000.


JAY-Z and BEYONCÉ TOUR, Saturday, August 18, @ 7:30pm New Era Field, Orchard Park, NY

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ats off the 2018 Juneteenth Festival committee and to this beautiful community who turned out in record numbers to enjoy two well planned sun splashed days of culture! Leading in with seven days of pre-festival events (Sankofa Days), Saturday’s parade (although a bit long) was the highlight. The remainder of the festival featured A variety of vendors, food, entertainment and reunion! Former County Legislator Queen Betty Jean Grant, this year’s Grand Marshall, was decked out in an elaborate one-of-a-kind Panther-inspired African gown created by Doti & Girls. The photos above are just a tiny sample of the beauty that was on display Saturday. Congratulations to all! See you next year!


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Fulfilling a Responsibility to Give Back By Brent Rollins olunteering is a great way to serve your community when you are doing something that you are passionate about. I've been a long time community volunteer, but a recent opportunity further opened my eyes to the importance of community service. I discovered Read to Succeed Buffalo's (RTSB) Experience Corps tutoring program through an advertisement. The program connects retirees, such as myself, with Public School students in grades K-3 who struggle with reading. Since my nine grandchildren live out of town, I decided to share the lessons of my life's experience by volunteering. Older generations have a responsibility to give back and prepare younger generations for what is to come. At my first meeting, I met with RTSB staff and was impressed with their passion and understanding of how to best help children learn to read. It's no secret that literacy rates in any city can be improved. RTSB broke down the local statistics thoroughly and had a plan to tackle this issue, which really appealed to me. When I walked out of my first meeting, I knew this organization was one of great need, and one I knew I wanted to be a part of. As I wrap up my second year as an Experience Corps tutor, I can't help but reflect on how my perception of this program has changed over time. I knew I would spend time reading with children, but I didn't fully appreciate the challenge literacy is for some young children from poverty stricken communities. Children who struggle with reading are often frustrated in the classroom and that frustration can lead to perceived or real behavior problems. This is the first step in the "school-to-prison-pipeline" that primarily plagues low-income communities of color. The ACLU describes that school-to-prison-pipeline as "a disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems." Many of these children have histories of poverty or ineffective mentoring and would benefit from additional educational and tutor/mentor services like RTSB's Experience Corps Small Group Tutoring program. These children are often reacting to situations beyond their control and they need support, encouragement, and positive role models. We need to give our children tools for success and reward their accomplishments, rather than criminalize their shortcomings. Children can benefit from role models from all walks of life, but it is especially effective when they have role models who can relate to their life's challenges. Every tutor in the RTSB Experience Corps is trying to make a positive difference but there is an unmet need for male tutors, particularly men of color. My brothers in the struggle; rise up, and man up and volunteer. These are our babies, our responsibilities. Their time is now! The little things like seeing the children's excitement when they answer a question correctly or get through reading a lengthy passage is all the motivation I need to keep coming back. There's no better feeling than working with the children and seeing the light go on when they understand something they've been struggling with. These children fulfill something inside of me that I knew needed fulfillment. Childhood literacy is not an easy issue to tackle, but if our work can help at least one child get on the right track, then it's worth it. As an Experience Corps volunteer, we aren't just teaching these children how to read; we're helping them understand life, making them better communicators, and instilling a confidence in them that, along with a positive attitude, can allow them to accomplish anything. My story is just one among countless others. One person can't do it alone, but if we all come together to advance our children, we have the opportunity to help make our young people in Buffalo the best anywhere.


Brent Rollins is a volunteer tutor with Read to Succeed Buffalo's Experience Corps tutoring program, sponsored by the AARP Foundation. www.

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Obit Disrespects Legacy of Judge Barbara Sims


he late Judge Barbara Merriweather Sims will always be revered as an icon in the Black community. When she passed on June 10, she left a legacy of struggle on behalf of the civil and human rights of her people. She was a brilliant woman who made history in the local legal field. She was unafraid to fight racism and discrimination wherever it manifested. And no misguided disrespectful “obituary’ in the White press, can change that. The write-up in the wake of her death in no way represented this great woman. It was interspersed with negativity in a slick attempt to try to discredit Judge Sims rather than focus primarily on her trailblazing efforts and accomplishments. It was despicable and cowardly, as Judge Sims is no longer here to defend herself. Even when the article makes a positive historic point , i.e. that Barbara Sims became the first African American woman to serve as an assistant district attorney in Erie County, it was followed up with a somewhat detailed account of why she was reportedly “dismissed.” In 1968 the Challenger ran a front page story with blaring headlines in support of Mrs. Sims as she fought the powers that be. The “clash” between her and then DA Michael F. Dillon over the prosecution of a 22 year old woman charged with assisting a notorious escaped murderer, had everything to do with Mrs. Sims standing up and refusing to be used in what she felt was the unjust prosecution of another Black person. Barbara Sims had the backbone to stand up in a position, that no other Black person ever had, and refuse to be a part of an injustice. She was a woman of principal above all else. Even near the end of the article a petty, noncriminal incident that was dismissed, was mentioned in an attempt to cast the final disparaging blow on her character. We categorically condemn the disrespect shown not only to this great woman - our beloved Barbara Sims - but to her family and all those who knew, loved and respected her. -A.B. (The following obituary, excerpted in part from the June 16-22 Criterion, paints a true picture of Judge Sims.)


We Believe in (Leecia) Eve!

Dear Editor, It is a shame when qualified Black, local community political candidates cannot get support from other Black elected officials who we helped to put in office. For example, the candidacy of Leecia Eve for New York State Attorney General. Like it was reported in your newspaper, local hometown candidate Eve was passed over for the endorsement by NYS Democratic Chairman Byron Brown and NYS Assemlywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes. They even went so far as to disrespect our community last Saturday by bringing in an outsider to Buffalo and endorsing her in the middle of our Juneteenth celebration! If Mayor Brown wanted to endorse an Andrew Cuomo outsider for Attorney General, City Hall would have been the perfect place, as the governor has already bought the people who govern the place! Leecia. Roberta Eve and the Eve family, especially Deputy Speaker Arthur O. Eve, has done too much for our community and the least of us educationally and other in other ways, to have to be humiliated in such a public way on such a historic day. -Sandra Jones-Davis

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In Defense of the Honorable Judge Barabara Sims Dear Editor: The reason the Black ommunity must have its own newspaper is because of slandering negative coverage of our community's accomplishments by the Buffalo News ("Noose" as we call it!) The article (obituary) on the Honorable Judge Barbara Sims has more focus on the negative, even ending with a cup of water thrown out a window; rather than focusing on the trailblazer first Black district attorney, first Black women city court judge, daughter of the founder of the Criterion newspaper and fierce advocate for women and civil rights! From start to finish, this article is biased! It's focus is to discredit a great woman's career. The Honorable Barbara Sims will alway be a champion to Black youth! Shame on you Buffalo News! - Elder Paulette Woods, Board Of Education Member

Barbara Merriweather Sims: The Celebration of the Life of an Amazing Woman


Celebration for the Life of Judge Barbara Merriweather Sims was held Monday, June 18, at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 15 Fernhill Avenue where The. Rev. Dr. Issac lhiasota, is Interim Pastor. Mrs. Sims made her peaceful transition on Sunday, June 10, 2018, following a lengthy illness. The daughter of the founders of the Buffalo Criterion Newspaper, Mr. and Mrs. Frank E., . Sr. and Carmelita Merriweather, she was born October 28, 1923, the fourth of four children born to that union. Barbara Merriweather Sims was a trailblazer in Western New York. She attended Buffalo Public Schools. Her accomplishments were many: •After graduation from the State University College at Buffalo, she became the first African American to pass the Teacher's Examination first on the 1952. •She attended State University at Buffalo Law School from which she was the first African American woman to graduate. She entered a law partnership with her late husband, William Sims, forming a firm known as "Sims and Sims", which was the first African American husband and wife law firm. William Sims went on to be Buffalo's first African American City Court Judge. •Barbara Sims was the first African American member at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, where she taught Family Law and Civil Rights Law. She also taught a course entitled: "Law During the Period of Slavery.” While at the University, Barbara was also appointed Assistant to the President for Women's

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Affairs and the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity. •She was one of the founders of the National Bar Association, Buffalo Chapter, whose name was changed to the Minority Bar Association. •Mrs. Sims served as the first Black woman Assistant District Attorney of Erie County, • She was a New York Delegate to the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) Convention in I 966. •She was elected as the first African­ American woman Associate Buffalo City Court Judge, she became the first African-American, male or female, to run successfully citywide, head to head against a white male opponent. •She was a member of St. Philip's Episcopal Church and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; has served as Vice President of the National Association of Black Women Attorneys; and was also elected President and Vice President of the local Women Attorneys Association of Erie County. •She is listed in Who's Who of American Women. •She was in private practice for over 50 years and served as legal counsel for the Buffalo Criterion Newspaper. • Mrs. Sims, along with other attorneys, would form the law firm of McKelvley, Sims, Davis and and Lazroe, which later became

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The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority requests sealed proposals to provide all professional Architectural/ Engineering Services necessary or incidental to provide site investigation, design services, preparation of plans and specifications and construction management services for the bidding and implementation of the following project: Architectural / Engineering Services to Facilitate Elevator Replacement At LBJ Apartments BMHA Job #AE-18-06 The Request for Proposals may be obtained at the BMHA Capital Improvements Office located at 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204. Sealed proposals must be received by 3:00 PM, local time, on July 18, 2018 at the Capital Improvements Office, 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204. Proposals received after this time will not be accepted. Perspective offerors are strongly encouraged to attend a presubmittal meeting. The pre-submittal meeting will be held on July 10, 2018 @ 10:00 AM @ 320 Perry Street 14204. The contract for professional services will only be awarded to a single professional firm; no joint ventures. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject any and/or all proposals submitted. Date: June 20, 2018

The Honorable Barbara M. Sims is an Uncrowned Queen and has been recognized by city, county, state and national designations, and was the recipient of more than 75 awards for her service to the community, Barbara Merriweather Sims leaves to cherish her memory: a daughter, Sue Cynthia Sims; a son, Frank William Sims; a sister-in-Jaw. Evelyn Merriweather; nieces: Carole Ann Merriweather Booth, Evelyn P. (Albert) Ferguson; Frances J. (Frank) Gist; Brandye Merriweather, Kellye Merriweather, and Khadija Merriweather, Audra C. Gist, Alyna Brown, of Pittsburgh, PA.; and Alexa Merriweather; nephews: Frank E. (La Verne) Merriweather, III; Bruce C. (Denise) Merriweather, Sr., Clifford Charles, Ph.D. of Durham, NC; Robert S. Curry, 111; Chad J. Booth; Brian A. Ferguson; Jeremy S. Ferguson; Jarrett E. Gist, and Bruce C. Merriweather, II of Charlotte, NC; as well as a host of other family and friends.


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REQUEST FOR BID Mark Cerrone, Inc. is requesting bids for the following projects for all scopes of work detailed in contract documents. Optional MWBE Pre-bid meetings will be held interested firms at MCI Office. Documents can be obtained by contacting the associated estimator, Phone 716-282-5244, Fax 716-282-5245 or iSqFt®. Bids due electronically or in person at 2368 Maryland Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14305. Certified firms for associated goals are strongly encouraged. North Bailey Real Time Control Project in Buffalo, NY. Contact: Optional MWBE Meeting 6/20/18 at 3:30pm. MWBE:25%. Proposals due to MCI by 7/2/18 at 12:00PM. Niagara Street Hwy Rehab Ph. 4 Project Buffalo, NY. Contact: Optional MWBE Meeting 6/27/18 at 3:30pm. DBE:12%. Proposals due to MCI by 7/9/18 at 12:00PM.

LEGAL NOTICE BID COUNTY OF ERIE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Erie County Medical Examiner Building Roof Recoating PROJECT NO. JK-18-01 Sealed bids for: Roofing 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 2:30 PM local time on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 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:


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Fargo Bank v. Bineyard

STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF ERIE SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Index No. 815184/2017 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., Plaintiff, v. ANY UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, DISTRIBUTEES OR SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST OF THE LATE SYLVIA BINEYARD A/K/A SYLVIA L. BINEYARD, IF LIVING, AND IF ANY BE DEAD, ANY AND ALL PERSONS WHO ARE SPOUSES, WIDOWS, GRANTEES, MORTGAGEES, LIENORS, HEIRS, DEVISEES, DISTRIBUTEES, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, OR SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST OF SUCH OF THEM AS MAY BE DEAD, AND THEIR SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, DISTRIBUTEES AND SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST, ALL OF WHOM AND WHOSE NAMES AND PLACES OF RESIDENCE ARE UNKNOWN TO PLAINTIFF, BUFFALO URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY, NIAGARA MOHAWK POWER CORPORATION DBA NATIONAL GRID, ASSET ACCEPTANCE LLC A/P/O GE CAPITAL, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS; YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above action and serve a copy of your Answer on the plaintiff's attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner than by personal delivery within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Erie County is designated as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the location of the mortgaged premises. 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. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of Honorable Mark J. Grisanti, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, signed the 18th day of May, 2018, at Buffalo, New York. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage on the following property: Tax I.D. No. 79.82-2-39 ALL that tract or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie and State of New York, being part of Lot No. 46, Township 11, Range 7 of the Holland Land Company's Survey and being more particularly known as the easterly eight (8) feet of Subdivision Lot No. 244, and the westerly twenty-four

(24) feet of Subdivision Lot No. 245, according to and as shown on a Subdivision Map of part of said Lot No. 46, filed in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Erie, New York, under Map Cover No. 998, said premises being thirty-two (32) feet front and rear by one hundred and eight (108) feet in depth, on the north side of Dartmouth Street, three hundred and forty-three and ninety-five one hundredths (343.95) feet west of Eggert Road. Subject to easements, covenants, and restriction of record. These premises are also known as 534 Dartmouth a/k/a 534 Dartmouth Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215. WOODS OVIATT GILMAN LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff 700 Crossroads Building 2 State Street

LEGAL NOTICE Embrace Home Loans v. Hulings NOTICE OF SALE COUNTY COURT ERIE COUNTY EMBRACE HOME LOANS, INC., Plaintiff against ROBERT J. HULINGS A/K/A ROBERT J. HULINGS, JR., et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiff(s) Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP 200 John James Audubon Parkway, Suite 202, Amherst, NY 14228 Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale Entered April 26, 2018 I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at the Foreclosure Alcove of the Erie County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 on July 10, 2018 at 9:15 AM. Premises known as 20 Penwood Drive, Buffalo, NY 14227. Sec 125.07 Block 11 Lot 24. All that tract or parcel of land, situate in the Town of Cheektowaga, County of Erie and State of New York. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $151,617.80 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No 806206/2017. For sale information, please visit www. or call (800) 280-2832. Kimberly E Whistler, Esq., Referee 17-03972


Citimortgage v. Parker/Paulk

SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF ERIE CITIMORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff -against- RAYSHAWN M. PARKER, SHANA D. PAULK, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered herein and dated October 30, 2017, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Foreclosure Alcove, 1st Floor, Erie County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY on July 10, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. premises situate in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie and State of New York, being part of Lot 89, Township 11, Range 8 of the Holland Land Company Survey and further distinguished as Subdivision Lot 45, as shown on a map filed in the Erie County Clerk's Office under Cover No. 1182. Section: 77.76 Block: 3 Lot: 16. Said premises known as 67 SAINT FLORIAN STREET, BUFFALO, NY Approximate amount of lien $78,230.47 plus interest & costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment and Terms of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Index Number 813751/2014. GREGORY J. STEWART, ESQ., Referee David A. Gallo & Associates LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 99 Powerhouse Road, First Floor, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577 File# 5025.1924


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Certified Rehabilitation Counselor-PT Located in Batavia, NY. Must posses a Rehabilitation Counselor Certification and MS in Vocational Rehabilitation. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214 EEOC

Receptionist Located in Batavia, NY. Answer All incoming Agency calls. Perform Other general office duties. Must possess A GED or High School Diploma with 2 years Office experience. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214 EEOC

SUNY ERIE Has Full Time Career Opportunities With Great Benefits Available Visit to view these and other postings

•Chief Diversity Officer •Provost and Executive Vice President •Employee Relations Manager •Instructor for Biotechnological Sciences • Instructor for Nursing •College Nurse • Instructional Designer Our mission to offer quality education includes exposing our students to a diverse range of cultures, experiences and expertise. At SUNY Erie Community College, we value diversity and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply. ROOMS

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JOB ALERTS *SENECA HEALTH CARE CENTER OPEN INTERVIEWS. Tuesday, June 26, Seeking LPNs NCAs and Graduate Nurses; full & part time shifts; 2987 Seneca Street, West Seneca. 828-0500 ext. 327 *JOB FAIR 2018 Wednesday, June 27, Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square; over 25 employers, resume advice & career guidance, online educational and job support services. (716)858-8900. *IRS IS HIRING Full time seasonal work; for Info *INGAM MICRO JOB FAIR, June 21, 3-7 p.m., Hyatt Regency, 2 Fountain Plaza downtown; (716)633-3800.



FREE Seminar Series “Professional Presence Presented”

The Job Interview Process and Success in the Workplace This three session program will teach area youth the skills necessary to put their best foot forward not only in preparing for an interview, but how to conduct themselves during an interview, and how to continue that momentum while on the job.

Session #1 - Tuesday, June 26 “Preparing for the Interview” Session #2 - Thursday, June 28 “The Interview” Session #3 - Wednesday, July 11 “Being Successful in the Workplace” All seminars will be held 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo Seminars are open to individuals ages 16 years old and up. To sign-up please contact David or Esther at TOPS on Jefferson Avenue. Go to store or call 1-716-816-0038


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African Consciousness Workshop Documentary Series: 5:50-7:50 PM Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue. 883-4418 Free Admission. Featuring the film “Winnie Mandela," starring Jennifer Hudson.

Urban Line Dance Classes: St. Phillips, 15 Fernhill ; 6-8 p.m.; Cheri & Darel 200-9702.

The Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals 6th annual Queen City Soiree “Night in Paris”: Acqua Restaurant & Banquets, 2192 Niagara Street. For tickets ($70) visit BULYPNYNIGHTINPARIS. EVENTBRITE.COM

Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing with Phyllis Caver at Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St, Buffalo. 12pm - 1pm. FREE for ages 55+ 832 -1010. The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St (716)427-0566.

THURSDAY JUNE 21 “First Home Club” FirstTime Homebuyer Orientation 6 – 7 PM, University Community Development Association, Inc. 995 Kensington Avenue. Foxie Brown Line Dance Classes: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Schiller Senior Center, 2057 Genesee St. 444-2046. The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St. (716)427-0566. FRIDAY JUNE 22 Chicago Steppin: Every Friday 7-8:30 p.m. The Pratt Center 422 Pratt St. Beginners/Intermediate Line Dance Classes Every Friday 6pm Bethel AME Church Hall 1525 Michigan @ E.Ferry Ernestine, Instructor BENNETT H.S. CLASS OF 71’ 65TH BIRTHDAYT BASH: 5– 10:30 p.m., Protocol 6766 Transit Rd. Williamsville. For More Info: Cheryl – (716)316-1396; Annette – (716) 228-6625; Or Cynthia - (716) 255 – 9757. Tickets: $50.00


Mike's Smooth Urban Ballroom Dance Classes: 11 to 1 PM, Saturdays, Delavan-Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan Ave. 716-380-5100 class is $5. WEDNESDAY JUNE 27 Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing with Phyllis Caver at Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St, Buffalo. 12pm - 1pm. FREE for ages 55+ 832 -1010. The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St (716) 427-0566. Urban Line Dance Classes: St. Phillips, 15 Fernhill ; 6-8 p.m.; Cheri & Darel 200-9702.

BLACK HISTORY continued whilst walking through the streets in company with another," the report stated, "he was not idle; for if his companion bowed to a white person, he would rebuke him, and observe that all men were born equal." At the trial, the sentencing judge was plainly astonished in the face of the stoic heroism displayed by Vesey. "It is difficult to imagine, what infatuation could have prompted you to attempt an enterprise so wild and visionary," said the judge." You were a free man, wealthy, and enjoyed every comfort...You had, therefore, much to risk and little to gain." (Denmark Vesey was a cofounder of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were shot dead in 2015 by a White Supremacist).



Challenger Community News • t hec •June 20 , 2018


Challenger Community News June 20, 2018  
Challenger Community News June 20, 2018