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Black History: We’ve Seen That Mob Before Page 3 Voices: America’s Imperfect Democracy Page 11


Buffalo Prepares to Honor Dr. King Page 12

April Baskin Re-Elected Chairwoman of Erie County Legislature Page 3

Rochester Flower Arts Center Selects New Director Page 2

FREE THE BUFFALO 5! The community is asked to call D.A. John Flynn to NOT oppose the Motion To Vacate Indictment 41-413. Free The Buffalo 5! Page 3

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Flower City Arts Center Selects Bills Defeat Colts 27 – 24 to Secure First Playoff Win Cheryl Mckeiver As New Executive Director The Buffalo Bills won their tonio Williams to give them ing Pittsburgh Steeler team. The Flower City Arts Center (FCAC) Board of Directors announced Cheryl McKeiver as the Center’s new Executive Director. McKeiver’s professional experience encompasses decades of leadership roles in finance, operations management, in academia, for-profit, and non-profit organizations throughout New York State. Before coming to FCAC, she retired as a vice president and director of training and development at Citibank/Citicorp. In that position she led a global education department that managed Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, and Portland, Maine.

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Additionally, McKeiver has held numerous positions within Citibank at their corporate offices in New York City and Richmond, VA. Cheryl has influenced the education community of Rochester at Monroe Community College, the State University of Brockport at REOC, and Consumer Credit. She has been a long time financial strategist, offering live, on-air financial guidance on WDKX – 103.9FM.

first playoff game since 1995 with a tough defensive stand and the Indianapolis Colts misuse of their timeouts. Stefon Diggs caught 6 passes for 128 yards and Dawson Knox caught his first career playoff TD on a 3-yard reception. Bills QB Josh Allen became the fifth player in NFL history for passing, receiving, and rushing TD in their playoff careers. Allen has grown a lot this NFL season but his inability to get rid of the ball is a glaring problem. He continues to be very careless with the football and it almost cost him against the Colts. Thank goodness Bills right tackle Daryl Williams recovered a fumble for a 23-yard loss. When Josh is under pressure during key points of a game it will tell the story of his true abilities. The Bills running game must step up their play with possibly adding TJ Yeldon and An-

Cheryl comments, “I come to the FCAC with great enthusiasm knowing this organization was succeeding in its mission to transform lives through art. I believe that through art and FCAC’s creative and dynamic programming-people come together and are inspired to put beauty back into the world. “It is with great joy and honor to be named Executive Director, and I look forward to working with the Board and staff to strengthen partnerships between the artists and the broader community. I believe there’s an artist in each of us that just needs a bit of nurturing-and that’s the power of our accessible, engaging, and educational programs at FCAC!” About the Flower City Arts Center The Flower City Arts Center, now in its 51st year, is a community-based 501(c)3 not-for-profit Educational institution that educates, encourages, and inspires all people to create and enjoy the visual arts. The Flower City Arts Center is the only community visual arts center conveniently located within the City of Rochester. For more information, contact the Arts Center Office at sbenenati@flowercityarts.org, or visit our website at www. flowercityarts.org.

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a shot in the arm. TJ Yeldon started at University of Alabama and has played in many big games in college and the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars. I also like how runner Antonio Williams performed against Miami Dolphins two weeks ago scoring two touchdowns. The Bills must find some guards during offseason due to the fact that Ike Boettger can’t get it done at the left guard position. The Bills have also played Brian Winters on one leg and injuries, which has diminished the abilities of the former Pro Bowler. The Bills General Manager traded away second year guard Wyatt Teller to the Cleveland Browns for a 5th & 6th round picks in 2020 draft. Teller is now highly regarded as one of the best young Guards in the NFL. Teller had an outstanding game, blocking for Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, in upsetting an underachiev-

Bills did get in return at 5th pick QB Jake Fromm and 6th round pick Isiah Hogkins, who can be a quality wide receiver in the coming years. The right side of the line, Jon Feliciano and Daryl Williams, started to show wear and tear as Colts defensive front put constant pressure on them. They did get the job done and allowed QB Josh Allen to throw down field. The Bills defensive line allowed 163 rushing yards to a very good Colts team. The tackling was horrible, Pro football Focus counted 12 missed tackles by Bills defense. The Colts gained 472 yards and seemed to have the Bills defense on their heels all day. The Bills must upgrade their offensive and defensive lines in the off season. Is it me or has anyone heard Mario Addison’s name called for making a play on defense yet? I can’t remember defensive series all season where he was a dominating force on defense. The Bills really miss Star Lotulelei at nose guard, Jordan Phillips, and Shaq Lawson on defensive front. The Bills will face Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night at Bills Stadium starting at 8 15

PM. Ravens Lamar Jackson, Gus Edwards, and JK Dobbins will run the football all night long with a limited passing game. The Bills must take advantage of a banged up secondary of Ravens with Josh Allen going deep down

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AREA BRIEFS Judge Russell Announces Plans to Retire Judge Robert T. Russell recently announced plans to retire. Judge Russell, one of the longest-serving and most innovative judges in the history of Buffalo City Court, said he expects to serve until midyear. His retirement will create a new vacancy to be filled in the November elections. Russell, 66, was first elected in 1991. During his stellar tenure he is responsible for starting a drug treatment court; a mental health court; and the nation’s first veterans’ treatment court. He is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2014 he

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There’s Still Time to Renew Your Expired Driver’s License Gov. Cuomo has ordered that all New York State driver’s licenses that have expired since March 1 will remain valid until at least Jan. 29 because of limited access to Department of Motor Vehicles offices which remain open by appointment only. However since November, expired vehicle registrations and inspections are no longer being extended.

BILLS PLAYOFFS continued from page 2 the field. The Bills must use Isaiah McKenzie more with some short passes to get him going. I was surprised that he was not used more against the Colts. I see the Bills defense not being able to slow down the Ravens running game and our offense not executing enough to come away with the win. If the Ravens make mistakes and turn the ball over that would be a recipe for the Bills to take advantage of them and win the game. Prediction: Ravens will defeat Bills 24-21. Follow me on social media: FB@georgeradney twitter@georgeradman, RADIO: Pro Talk Plus on WLGZ – HD2, 105.5 FM The Beat of Rochester, Every Saturday Morning from 7 AM – 8 AM, Live call – in show 585 595 1055, What’s Going on The Experience, Every Sunday Morning 8 AM – 9 AM on WHTK – 1280 AM, Rochester, NY

Does It Matter If It's Black or White? “If this had been a Black-led effort, it would have been a massacre,” said Mara Vanderheyden, co-founder of the Partnership for Civil Justice, which is demanding a “fully public” investigation into United States Capitol Police collusion with the mob that assaulted Congress, last week. “We can only conclude that this could not have happened if the Capitol Police had not allowed it to happen.” -Black Agenda Report


Legislator April Baskin Retains Legislature Chairmanship Democratic Majority Caucus Unanimously Supports Baskin’s Re-Election to Key Leadership Position


t the Erie County Legislature’s annual re-organization meeting on January 7 Legislator April N.M. Baskin, who represents Erie County’s District 2 in the City of Buffalo, was re-elected Chairwoman for the second year in a row. First elected to the Legislature in January of 2018, Baskin was immediately named Majority Leader by her Democratic colleagues. Baskin has led the Majority Caucus as Chairperson since May 2019 and received the unanimous vote of her Democratic Caucus members. “It is a great privilege and honor for me to have the support of my colleagues and the opportunity to continue to lead this honorable body. Throughout this next year, I know we will undoubtedly face additional hardships due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the widening political divide between the electorate we represent, as evidenced by the riot last week at the US Capitol. I am grateful for all the good work we have done and which will continue in 2021. Democrats have repeatedly shown that we have the strength to govern fairly and effectively. We will continue on that path with a focus on equity and inclusion for all,” stated Chair Baskin. As Chair, Baskin is an ex-officio member of all the Legislature Committees and holds many key appointment positions to numerous county boards. She is also a member of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency’s (ECIDA) Policy Committee. Legislator Baskin was the youngest Chair selected to preside over the body upon her appointment and only the third African American woman to hold the post. Under Chair Baskin’s leadership, the Legislature has appropriated $600,000 for a body camera pilot in the Sheriff’s office, began a program entitled “Urban Initiatives” which has allocated millions in county funding to the City of Buffalo, and established the Erie County Corrections Specialist Advisory Board through a permanent local law which provides civilian oversight to the Office of the Sheriff. Recently, she has successfully advocated for public benefit funding for community organizations and non-profit groups, $100,000 for a PILOT East Side mental health respite center, $200,000 for additional lead poisoning intervention services for children, and $200,000 for abandoned and vacant home relief for struggling residents.

FREE THE BUFFALO 5 ! Local Clergy Participating In "Buffalo 5 Prayer Vigil 2021” on WUFO MLK Day January 18 By Sherry Sherrill


n Monday, January 18, beginning at 5:30PM and lasting for approximately 30 minutes John H. Walker, Jr. and Darryl Boyd, collectively known as The Buffalo 5, will convene a “live” PRAYER VIGIL that will be broadcast on Legendary Mix 1080AM WUFO/Power 96.5FM radio. The following local clergy will be joining The Buffalo 5, and filling the broadcast with powerful prayer that will support their current court battle to gain an overturning of their wrongful 1977 murder indictment and convictions: • Bishop Michael A. Badger • Dr. Reverend James A. Lewis, III • Bishop Frederick A. Gelsey, Sr. • Pastor Anthony Brown •Elder Charley H. Fisher, III The Buffalo 5 are seeking additional members of the clergy to participate in this historic event, and interested individuals should contact Ms. Sherry Sherrill of the We Are Women Warriors Organization, at: (716) 430-1158. At 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20, The Buffalo 5 will return to NYS Supreme Court in downtown Buffalo, where Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is opposing their Motion To Vacate Judgment of Indictment 41-413. Judge Christopher J. Burns will be ruling on whether a 1976 crime scene photograph of a lone assailant's footprint constitutes “New Evidence” in the Matter(s) of John Walker, Jr. and Darryl Boyd. If so, The Buffalo 5 will be set upon a path that will lead to the overturning of their indictment and convictions, which, ultimately, will lead to their exoneration.

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We'v Seen That Mob Before... Ed. Note: When the violent mob descended on the White House last Wednesday, the sight shocked the nation and the world. For African Americans it was especially amazing to watch - yet hauntingly familiar; jarring our collective psyche as victims, historically, of thousands of lynchings and of deadly race riots that went unchecked for decades - even aided and abetted in many cases - by the law. We've seen the angry, hateful faces of that mob before… in Tulsa…..at Rosewood…in the burning of the Black orphanage in New York City... at the picnic lynchings...in the massacre in Atlanta …Ocoee, Florida…and countless other places unknown and known. Here are just a few, of the countless examples. •The Wilmington Massacre of 1898 was a mass riot and insurrection carried out by White supremacists in Wilmington, North Carolina on November 10, 1898; the violent overthrow of a duly elected government. They expelled opposition political leaders from the city, destroyed the property and businesses of Black citizens built up since the Civil War, including the only Black newspaper in the city, and killed an estimated 60 to more than 300 people. What happened in Wilmington became an affirmation of white supremacy. Continued Page 11


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BUILDING COMMUNITY AMID Positive Examples of Working Together Within Our Communities To Support Ourselves And Our Neighbors During The Covid-19 Crisis

Despite Covid-19 Fruitbelt Coalition Continues to Deliver to Community Although the Fruitbelt Coalition Inc., (aka Fruit of the City) had to cancel many of their annual events due to COVID-19, that did not stop the giving! They disbursed bookbags with school supplies, educational materials and PPE supplies along with the B District Police Department. For Thanksgiving they helped over 60 families with free turkeys and dinner packages. They also partnered with Macedonia Baptist church and served communion to the community as well as PPE supplies. At the end of the year they down-sized their “Christmas in the City” event but still held a toy and goodie bag giveaway to families and their children all over the city. Great job Fruit of the City!

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A Pioneer of Masjid Nu’Man and the Muslim Community Salat-al-Janazah was held for Sabir Rasheed October 26, 2020 at Benwood Community Center. Also known as Roland Braxton, Sabir, a devout Muslim, was a pioneer of Masjid Nu’Man and he Muslim community for more than 50 years. He prided himself as being an obedient servant of Allah and part of the Nation of Islam in it's early years where he first accepted Islam. He was a lieutenant and served over the Fruit of Islam (FOI) for Buffalo and Upstate New York. He provided security for such prominent figures as El Hajj Malik (Malcolm X), Muhammad Ali, Warith Deen Muhammad, and Louis Farrakhan. He was a community activist and enthusiast of Buffalo with a special love for his hometown of Lackawanna,New York. He was famously known for his delicious bean pies . He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of nearly 55 years, JoAnne Jacobs; children Tonya (Superior) Braxton and Jamar (Dana) Braxton; five beloved grandchildren; his brothers and best friends Albert (Iris)Braxton of Atlanta; Jerrell (Richarda) Braxton of Milwaukee; sister Linda (Ervin) Braxton-Myree of Atlanta, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and community colleagues. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to everyone for their acts of kindness and support; aspecial thanks to Iman Fajri Ansari, Imam Dawoud Sabu Adeyola and Dr. LaVonne Ansari. “May Allah (SWT) bestow his blessing upon each of you." DID YOU KNOW...The Trump administration revived the federal death penalty last year. Before then, there hadn’t been any federal executions since 2003. Since July, the federal government has executed 10 people, more than in any presidency since 1896.

We’re not going to be done with social distancing any time soon. The World Health Organization has warned that herd immunity won’t happen in 2021, and social distancing measures will need to stay in place "for the rest of this year," despite vaccine progress. In the US, more than 200,000 new coronavirus cases have been reported every day for a week. In the UK, health officials say the country is entering the "worst point" of the pandemic, as cases rise and deaths increase. Malaysia has announced more restrictions, and South Africa has closed its land borders to curb the spread. At the San Diego Zoo, there's a new complication: At least two gorillas have tested positive for Covid-19, the first known cases among great apes.

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2021 Women’s March:

“Lift Every Voice!” By

Renee Lachajczyk, and Vicki Ross

Please join us this Saturday, January 16 from 2-4p.m. for the Women’s March WNY 2021 on Zoom! (bit.ly/wnypeace_ WM2021 or go to wnypeace.org)!! #OneLove!!! Let’s face it - 2020 was a whirlwind, with the pandemic, worsening social and economic injustice, and an uprising against Racism/Police Brutality. As we start 2021, with an attempted fascist/White supremacist coup, it’s clear there is more work than ever to be done. This year’s Women’s March will follow as always, Rev. Dr. King’s lead! Come - Lift Every Voice - as we share learning and collaborate for the real changes necessary. We’ll start with inspiration from the Indigenous Thanksgiving opening, music (thanks, Serless Adams, RocDaMic, PeaceJam, and Little Africa Culture Club!), and poetry from the Confident Girls Mentoring Program! This year's themes include positive goals that cure Dr. King's and Poor People’s Campaign quintuple evils: •Women in Universal Solidarity (antidote to Racism/Bigotry), with Franchelle Parker, Director of Open Buffalo, WNYPC Board Member; •Women in Peacemaking, (antidote to Militarism/Violence), with Marie Schuster, WNYPC Board Chair, co-chair Resist Militarism! Taskforce; •Women in Cooperative Economics (antidote to Materialism/Rampant Capitalism/Poverty), with Deidra EmEl, WNYPC Coordinator, Economic Justice Taskforce Chair; •Women in Sustainability (antidote to Environmental Degradation), with Agnes Williams, Seneca, leading Indigenous Women's Initiatives; •Women in Reverence for Life (antidote to Nationalism/Religious Nationalism), with Talia Rodriguez, WNYPC Gender Justice Taskforce Chair and Associate Dir. of West Side Promise Neighborhood, and Gabrie'l Atchison, Episcopal Diocese of WNY. It’ll support the Women’s March WNY mission statement, developed by comNeed help with munity leaders in 2019: The Women's March of Buffalo/ small business WNY, opposed to all forms of oppression, seeks to inPPE expenses? crease equity and equality for women and all oppressed people by ensuring structural and systemic changes in our Apply for a local government, local businesses and organizations, and Grant from the within society at large in order to guarantee a woman's ECIDA! right to health, safety, and freedom from violence. We seek this regardless of racial, economic, or citizenship status; and value the dignity and ELIGIBILITY humanity of women of color, ✓ B us ines s or nonpr ofit m us t be l oc at ed i n E ri e Count y women with disabilities, and lgbt/queer and gender non✓ M ax i m um of 50 em pl oy ees conforming people, and ev✓ M us t be l oc at ed i n a Hi ghly Dis t r es s ed A r ea Cens us Tr ac t OR be mi nority - , wom eneryone's equal place in the or v et er an- owned movement and in society. ✓ M us t dem ons tr at e fi nanc i a l v i abi lity pri or t o M arc h 7, 2020 You can get your link here, at ✓ M us t doc um ent bei ng negativ ely fi nanc i ally af f ec t ed by COV ID - 19 s hut down bit.ly/wnypeace_WM2021. Or email assistant@wnypeace.org with any questions. For information, call: We hope to see and hear you (716) 856-6525 ext. 126 there, as we #Unite while or visit www.ecidany.com #WomenLead for the good of #PeopleAndThePlanet! Renee Lachajczyk is an intern and Vicki Ross, WNYPC is Executive Director, Consultant to Interfaith Peace Network.

Let's All Greet 2021!!! With "Heartfelt" emotions we give thanks, celebrate and prepare for the best of more to come. Following is a recap you may want to consider once you have been Pre-Approved by your Mortgage Loan Officer. ~ The current pre~approval should reflect the affordable amount to finance. This is derived from all the monthly verifiable gross income. ~If your finance situation changes, contact the loan officer to promptly update the information. Best to be prepared as homes appear on the market. ~You have access to the realtors website ~of homes sent directly to your email by means of the realtors ``Multiple Listing System." What comes next is, the agent will advise you as homes are listed. Be mindful your selection is based on the pre~approval amount. Always connect with your agent if homes of interest grab your attention. Homes are "going under contract" shortly after they appear live on real estate websites. Be first to submit a wise and reasonable offer! Your agent will negotiate your written offer with the homeowners agent. Most homeowners are interested in getting the price asked for, however, "multiple offers" do occur. Be prepared financially to come with "your highest and best offer." In this market, sufficient funds on hand would be great. Income tax time is here, so get ready to make that bid! Your loan officer will schedule the showings directly with the seller agent or online through "Showing Time." Days and times are according to seller availability. Where the property is vacant, there is 24 hour access indeed. Covid19 : Agents are mindful of the health precautions regarding access to homes. Appointments are made, then approved by the seller listing agent. The listing agent must state in the private remarks any safety measures with regards to entering the property. This will include wearing masks and a limit of two people with their agent entering the property. Children must remain outside. Soft suggestion: Inquire with your agent if you can request a "pre~inspection of the home" immediately after viewing. Hey its been real! Be safe and stay focused! " It's A Great Time to Market & Locate a New Home " Hawwao Wajed / Real Estate Salesperson~Notary askhawa@kw.com / 716~867~4377 Cell TOWN OF AMHERST REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS ARCHITECURAL SERVICES FOR 44 SUNSET COURT, AMHERST The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to seek design services for the development of complete stamped architectural plans for a 1,300 square foot single family home with a full basement and an attached single-car garage at 44 Sunset Court in Amherst. The single family home will then be sold to an income eligible first-time homebuyer. Those wishing to receive a RFP packet should visit the Town of Amherst website at: www.amherst.ny.us and click on Track US/Request for Proposals for 44 Sunset Court. Proposals must be submitted electronically to communitydevelopment@amherst.ny.us or to the Town of Amherst Community Development, 5583 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221 no later than February 5, 2021. Questions can be submitted to Community Development staff at communitydevelopment@amherst. ny.us or via phone at (716) 631-7050. Brian J. Kulpa Town Supervisor Town of Amherst


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Bishop William Henderson Makes His Transition

Beloved Longtime Pastor of the Historic Michigan Street Baptist Church


ishop William Henderson, the beloved longtime pastor of the historic Michigan Street Baptist Church, an Underground Railroad Station, made his Transition on January 11. There will be a public viewing held Sunday January 17, from 7-9 p.m. at Alan R. Core Funeral Home , 1933 Kensington Ave. A private ceremony will be held Monday January 18. The 85-year-old spiritual icon began preaching in the streets at William and Bennett at a young age. He was then known as “Brother Billy.” He ultimately devoted his life to the Michigan Street Baptist Church and teaching about freedom and the role that the sanctuary played in helping former enslaved Africans escape to Canada through the Underground Railroad in the 1800's.

The family of Bishop Henderson released the following statement in the wake of his passing: " It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Bishop William Henderson. He was a man dedicated to God who began his ministering career at the age of 15, which took him across the world from Africa to Russia. He battled myriad of health issues, but was resilient and pressed on with purpose and conviction." "Bishop leaves a tremendous legacy in the City of Buffalo. It was his mission and part of his calling to keep the Michigan Street Baptist Church standing. Having taken over the church in 1974, people would come from all over the globe to hear him tell stories about escaped enslaved Africans hiding in the church as part of the Underground Railroad as they made their way to Canada."

Bishop William Henderson "Bishop was a tireless man of God and an inspiration to our family and everyone he touched. He will be missed." He leaves behind his wife of forty years, Dianna Henderson; three children Dwand, Addison and Rachel; and four grandchildren.


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Reading Matters: "Where Do We Go From Here" and Other Books by Dr. King

•The Atlanta Massacre of 1906 was an attack by armed mobs of Whites against African Americans in Atlanta, Georgia which began the evening of September 22. Upwards of 100 Blacks were killed during the riots, some were hanged from lamposts; others were shot, beaten or stabbed to death. They were pulled from street cars and attacked on the street; White mobs invaded Black neighborhoods, destroying homes and businesses.An underlying cause was the growing racial tension in a rapidlychanging city and economy, with competition for jobs, housing, and political power. •The East St. Louis Riots were a series of outbreaks of labor- and race-related violence by Whites who murdered upwards of 250 African-Americans in late May and early July 1917. Another 6,000 Blacks were left homeless and the burning and vandalism cost approximately $400,000 ($7,982,000 in 2021) in property damage. The July 1917 episode in particular was marked by Whiteled violence throughout the city. At the end of July, some 10,000 Black citizens marched in silent protest in New York City in condemnation of the massacre. •The Ocoee Massacre was a White mob attack on African-American residents in northern Ocoee, Florida, (near Orlando) which occurred on November 2, 1920, the day of the U.S. presidential election. Most estimates total 30–35 Black people killed. Most African American-owned buildings and residences in northern Ocoee were burned to the ground. Other African Americans living in southern Ocoee were later killed or driven out on threat of more violence. Ocoee essentially became an all-White town. The attack started after efforts to suppress Black citizens from voting.

n the month of January, we pause to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others who were a part of the Civil Rights Movement. Unfortunately after we read the I Have a Dreamspeech from the March on Washington in 1963, we cease to study King and his philosophy. Dr. King in his book: Where Do We Go From Here spoke on racism: "If Western civilization does not now respond constructively to the challenge to banish racism, some future historian will have to say that a great civilization died because it lacked the soul and commitment to make justice a reality for all men." •Hellbound on His Trail by Hampton Sides •The King Years by Taylor Branch •Pillars of Fire by Taylor Branch •Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community by Martin Luther King -For Young Readers•I Am Martin Luther King by Brad Melzer •The Power of a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. •What Was Your Dream, Dr. King by Mary Carson

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A Reflection on Dr. King's Militancy


By Dr. Cornell West

f King were alive today, his words would threaten most of those who now sing his praises Dr. Martin Luther King's last sermon was entitled Why America May Go to Hell. His personal loneliness and political isolation loomed large. J Edgar Hoover said he was “the most dangerous man in America”. President Johnson called him “a nigger preacher”. Fellow Christian ministers, white and black, closed their pulpits to him. Young revolutionaries dismissed and tried to humiliate him with walkouts, booing and heckling. Life magazine – echoing Time magazine, the New York Times, and the Washington Post (all bastions of the liberal establishment) – trashed King’s anti-war stance as “demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi”. And the leading Black journalist of the day, Carl Rowan, wrote in the Reader’s Digest that King’s “exaggerated appraisal of his own self-importance” and the communist influence on his thinking made King “persona non-grata to Lyndon Johnson” and “has alienated many of the Negro’s friends and armed the Negro’s foes”. One of the last and true friends of King, the great Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel prophetically said: “The whole future of America will depend upon the impact and influence of Dr. King.” When King was murdered something died in many of us. The bullets sucked some of the free and democratic spirit out of the US experiment. The next day over 100 American cities and towns were in flames – the fire this time had arrived again! Today, over 50 years later the US imperial meltdown deepens. And King’s radical legacy remains primarily among the awakening youth and militant citizens who choose to be extremists of love, justice, courage and freedom, even if our chances to win are that of a snowball in hell! This kind of unstoppable King-like extremism is a threat to every status quo! (From Martin Luther King Jr. Was a Radical" by Dr. West, The Guardian 2018)


A Perspective on America’s Imperfect Democracy

In view of so many imperfections manifested throughout its history, America looks less like the “shining city on a hill” than a shadowy ghetto of hypocrisy.


By Gary Grappo

t is a well-established fact that America, as it approaches its 245th birthday, is a divided nation. Red versus blue, conservative versus liberal, right versus left, Black versus White, rich versus (a growing number of) poor, urban versus rural. Further divisions may be drawn along education, religion, class, gender identity, ethnicity, language of origin and other descriptors. It was all on technicolor display on January 6, the day when both the US Senate and the Ho]use of Representatives were due to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election as required under the US Constitution. The world watched as Americans, so passionately aligned with President Donald Trump and so convinced that the election had been stolen from him, determined to disrupt, if not destroy, the most sacred core of the country’s democratic system, the Congress. It was a horrifying and tragic example of democracy run amuck. What took place on Capitol Hill that day was everything the framers of the Constitution and the Founding Fathers sought to prevent. In fact, the rioters’ actions by no definition can be remotely described as democratic. They were purposefully dangerous and, as facts come to light, intended to inflict violence. It was mob rule. Insurrection. Rebellion. Sedition. It represented the abandonment of democracy and descent into anarchy. -Compared To What?But before America’s critics, doubters, adversaries and enemies pronounce the country’s or its democracy’s last rites, they may wish to consult history. They may wish to reflect on the many other occasions when the world’s oldest democracy turned away from its constitution, its values, principles and its own laws. How does it compare with more than 250 years of legalized slavery that only a bloody, four-year civil war could end? Or to another 150 years of Jim Crow and segregation? Of course, there were also the more than 120 unspeakable incidents of mass violence committed against the country’s Black citizens, including the Slave Revolt in the Cherokee Nation of 1842, the New York Draft Riots of 1863, Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, Rosewood Massacre of 1923, Charlestown Church Massacre of 2015 and the Black Lives Matter demonstrations of last summer, on top of the 3,400-plus lynchings of Black Americans in the period after the Civil War until well into the civil rights era. And would January 6 look more uncivil and unconstitutional than the systematic theft of Native American lands in violation of all the treaties signed by them with the US government and often their forced removal from those lands? These date back to the nation’s independence and continue to this day. To add tragic irony to those two sets of gross injustice, consider that substantial numbers of Black and Native Americans fought valiantly to defend the very country and democracy that treated them as second-class citizens and often worse. At the start of World War II, the US government ordered Japanese Americans rounded up and confined in internment camps for the duration of the war. They committed no crime. They were given no trial. Yet despite the violation of their constitutional rights, 33,000 of the sons, husbands and brothers of those held in the internment camps volunteered to fight for the United States in the war, including 18,000 in the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a highly decorated all-JapaneseAmerican Army unit led by White officers. There is also the country’s long history of denial of rights to and prejudice against other ethnic and religious groups, including Irish, Germans, Italians, Jews, Catholics, Chinese, Vietnamese, Muslims, Hispanics and other people of color. They learned that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights did not always apply to them. Furthermore, when they may have belatedly come to be accepted, restitution has rarely been offered. How does all this compare with January 6, however despicable and detestable that event may have been? In view of these and so many other imperfections manifested throughout its history, America looks less like the “shining city on a hill” than a shadowy ghetto of hypocrisy. January 6 is just one more example and maybe not the most egregious. (However) almost lost amidst all the noise of these events, just one day before, voters in Georgia, the heartland of the old Confederacy, elected, for the first time, a Black man and a Jew to represent the state in the US Senate. Georgians showed up in record numbers at the polls or through mail-in ballots to express the “consent of the governed.” Voting officials and volunteers diligently managed the entire process without incident so that the voices of the people of Georgia would be heard and counted. The quiet courage of citizens attending to their democracy stifled the mob violence at the US Capitol. January 6 surely should be a day that no American or citizen of any democracy should ever forget. It is a starkly painful reminder of human weakness and the fragility of democracy. Clearly, Americans should consider speaking more humbly of their “model” democracy. Their country is living proof that even after nearly 250 years, their experiment is still very much a work in progress. (Excerpted from Fair Observer.)


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Buffalo Prepares To Honor Dr. King WUFO To Host MLK Day Special Radio Program WUFO Radio will air an MLK Special Program Monday, January 18 from. 12 noon to 4 p.m. The special event is being sponsored by Best Self, Roswell Park, Mayor Byron Brown and Northwest Bank. Tune in on the air at WUFO 1080 AM or Power 96.5 FM or online at www.power965radio.com To order a copy of the broadcast for $10.80 call (716)834-1080.

Virtual MLK Celebration The Concerned Citizens Following The Dream committee presents the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Program. There are two ways to watch it: •Saturday January 15, 2021, 6pm, Streaming on Facebook at “The Concerned Citizens Following The Dream Committee’ •Monday January 18, 2021 on WKBW Channel 7 TVat 3:30 pm. The theme is: ‘INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE.” Several local talents will be performing including DaMarka Wheeler, Kimera Latimore, Wynetta McElveen, Mitchell McCleod, Rahin Dunston, The Royalton Ringers, Miss Barbara’s School of Dance, Performing Arts School, The African Cultural Center Dancers and others. Greetings and Tributes from Senator Tim Kennedy, Mayor Byron Brown and Mr. Clifford Bell. MLK Celebration Awards went to, Elda Pichardo, the “ MLK Youth Community Service Award”, Mr.

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The WNY Coalition of Blacks in Courts Presents “A Celebration of the Life and Works of Dr. King” On Friday, January 15 at 12 noon . members of the judiciary as well as court security and staff, will assemble virtually for the court’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program: “a Celebration of the Life and Works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” sponsored by the Eighth Judicial District’s Coalition of Blacks in the Courts. This year’s theme is “The Time is Always Right to Do What is Right.” State Supreme Court Justice Paula L. Feroleto, Administrative Judge for the Eighth Judicial District, will welcome the judges, court staff and guests. Hon. Craig D. Hannah, Chief Judge of the Buffalo City Court, will bring greetings and serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Rev. Ronald C. Coleman, Program Coordinator the Buffalo DWI Court and Pastor of Faith is the Victory Tabernacle, will give the Invocation and after a brief program the Coalition will host a screening of the “First Rainbow Coalition.” The Court will present the Sharon A. Thomas Humanitarian Award to Ms. Tasha Moore, Deputy District Executive of the 8th Judicial District, and Ms. Lydia Soto (posthumously). Also, Court Officer Louise Pitts will be recognized for over 32 years of dedicated service to the court system. The program will take place from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. virtually via MS Teams, and is free and open to the public. If you wish to attend, please register by emailing sfagan@nycourts.gov .

"Where Do We Go From Here - Chaos or Community?" The Book, The Conversation, King's Final Lesson Access To A Free Ka is proud and honored to build on Communiversity 2021. For a year and a half, since WUFO’s Town Hall Meet the Candidates at the Northland Workforce Training Center, we decided it was necessary to educate our community about civics, community responsibility, and community engagement. The need to include the Black Community in all of its diversity was the main goal. Different generations have different accounts of the Black Experience in America. Different educational, economical, and social classes have given us different experiences as we challenge the same problems. Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most beloved Brothers in the world and his words and works carry a lot of weight. If he was to give us some RAS last words, a farewell address, a final lesson ……. What would it Be? If he was JOMO to take a “Time out” or go to the “Mountain Top” and soberly prepare this Final Testament, where would he go? What would he Teach? What would he state? What would he ask? I have a couple of answers for those who just asked that question. Rev. King went to Jamaica and wrote the book, “Where Do We Go From Here – Chaos or Community." This clear, easy listening voice to rally our collective experience speaks to us with a 20/20 vision and not just a dream. We are asking schools, churches, mosques, and community centers to get this book in the hands of your members. Masons, Fraternities, Sororities, and other organizations and institutions, please find a way to get this book to your members. The intergenerational knowledge and wisdom must be experienced now! 2021 needs our hearts, minds, money and votes to be on the same page. We must be in position to Save Ourselves if necessary. Join Access To A Free Ka every Sunday on WUFO 1080 AM, 96.5 FM, and www.power965radio.com from 7– 10 p.m. as we talk about this mission. However this is a special in-

vitation for you to join us Monday January 18, 2021 at 4pm for a special MLK Birth Anniversary broadcast where we will be giving away free books to our listeners.("Where Do We go From Here" is available at ZAWADI Books .See Page 11


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LEGAL NOTICE SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Index No. 802905/2020 STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF ERIE SUN WEST MORTGAGE COMPANY INC., Plaintiff, -vs- THE HEIRS AT LARGE OF PATRICIA M. MLODZIENSKI, deceased, and all persons who are spouses, widows, grantees, mortgagees, lienors, heirs, devisees, distributees, successors in interest of such of them as may be dead, and their husbands and wives, heirs, devisees, distributees and successors of interest of all of whom and whose names and places are unknown to Plaintiff; SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; MICHAELENE STELLA; MARION MILLARD; MARILYN AMPUDIA; ANN MARIE ASHBAUGH; EDWARD BOZENTKA; LORRAINE COOK; BARBARA MCDADE; Defendants. Mortgaged Premises: 184 Cumberland Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S): YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above entitled action and to serve a copy of your Answer on the Plaintiffs attorney within twenty (20) days of the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after service of the same is complete where service is made in any manner other 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. Your failure to appear or answer will result in a judgment against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. In the event that a deficiency balance remains from the sale proceeds, a judgment may be entered against you, unless the Defendant obtained a bankruptcy discharge and such other or further relief as may be just and equitable. 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 to 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 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. These pleadings are being amended to include the following individuals as possible heirs to the Estate of Patricia M. Mlodzienski: MICHAELENE STELLA, MARION MILLARD, MARILYN AMPUDIA, ANN MARIE ASHBAUGH, EDWARD BOZENTKA; LORRAINE COOK, and BARBARA MCDADE. These pleadings are being amended to remove reference to JOHN DOE and JANE DOE as the mortgage premise located at 184 Cumberland Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220 has been found to be vacant. ERIE County is designated as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the location of the mortgaged premises. Dated: November 19, 2020 Mark K. Broyles, Esq. FEIN SUCH & CRANE, LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff Office and P.O. Address 28 East Main Street, Suite 1800 Rochester, New York 14614 Telephone No. (585) 232-7400 Section: 123.80 Block: 6 Lot: 31 NATURE AND OBJECT OF ACTION The object of the above action is to foreclose a mortgage held by the Plaintiff recorded in the County of ERIE, State of New York as more particularly described in the Complaint herein. TO THE DEFENDANT, the Plaintiff makes no personal claim against you in this action. To the above named defendants: The foregoing summons is

LEGAL NOTICE served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of HON. MARK J. GRISANTI, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated December 3, 2020 and filed along with the supporting papers in the ERIE County Clerks Office. This is an action to foreclose a Mortgage. ALL that certain plot piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of ERIE, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: ALL THAT CERTAIN LOT, PIECE, OR PARCEL OF LAND with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie, State of New York, bounded and described as follows: Being part of Lot No. 244 1/2, Township 10, Range 7 of the Buffalo Creek Reservation and according to a map filed in the Erie County Clerk's Office under Cover No. 449 is known and distinguished as Subdivision Lot Nos. 29 and 30, in Block "A", bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point in the northeast line of Cumberland Avenue 62.33 feet northwesterly from its intersection with the northwest line of Melrose Street; Thence northwesterly along the said line of Cumberland Avenue 32.33 feet; Thence northeasterly parallel with the northwest line of Melrose Street 120 feet; Thence southeasterly parallel with the northeast line of Cumberland Avenue 32.33 feet; and Thence southwesterly parallel with the northwest line of Melrose Street 120 feet to the place of Beginning. Mortgaged Premises: 184 Cumberland Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220 Tax Map/Parcel ID No.: Section: 123.80 Block: 6 Lot: 31 of the CITY of BUFFALO, NY 14220 69300 Jan. 14,21,28 Feb.4

LEGAL NOTICE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS ERIE COUNTY SEWER DISTRICT NO. 2 BIG SISTER CREEK WRRF CONCRETE REPAIRS CONTRACT NO. 97 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that sealed proposals for the Erie County Sewer District No. 2 Contract No. 97 will be received by the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning on January 26, 2021 until 10 A.M., local time, at 95 Franklin Street, Room 1034, Buffalo, New York, 14202, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud in Room 1004. The nature of the work generally includes repair of concrete cracks, surface spalls, broken concrete platforms and stairs, and railing replacement. Prospective bidders are encouraged to attend a pre-bid site visit scheduled for January 19, 2021 at 10 AM, at Big Sister Creek Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF), 8443 Lake Shore Road, Angola, NY 14006. Additional information and bid documents can be found at: http:// www2.erie.gov/dsm. BY ORDER OF: Joseph L. Fiegl, P.E. Deputy Commissioner, ECDEP Dated: January 13, 2021 Published: January 13, 2021


Notice is hereby given that an order by the Supreme Court, Erie County, on the 2nd day of December, bearing Index Number I2020/600233, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 25 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY 14202, grants me the right to assume the name of Matthew Edward Falkiner. The city and state of my present address are Cheektowaga, New York, the month of my birth is August, 2003; the place of my birth is Buffalo, New York; my present name is Matthew Edward Wolff.

COUNTY OF ERIE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES 95 FRANKLIN STREET BUFFALO, NEW YORK County of Erie, New York RFP RELEASE The Erie County Department of Social Services is seeking proposals from qualified agencies to provide administrative accounting and auditing services. The RFP #2021-001VF can be found at http://www.erie.gov and a complete copy of the package can also be obtained by contacting Carrie Godfrey, ECDSS, at 716858-6086, or via Carrie.Godfrey@ erie.gov. All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal shall be with the ECDSS contact person listed on the specific RFP. Prospective proponents, or their representatives, shall not make contact with or communicate with any representatives of the County, including employees and consultants, other than the designated person in regard to any aspect of this proposal. Final sealed proposals are due to the Erie County Department of Social Services, 95 Franklin Street, Room 804, Buffalo, New York 14202, by 4:00 p.m. (EST) on February 5, 2021. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality.

The Pike Company and LECESSE Construction actively encourage participation from M / WBE certified firms. Contact Kathy Rooney, Diversity & Community Engagement Manager, to discuss potential opportunities. 1.800.264.7453 | www.thepikecompanies.com | info@pikecos.com

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LEGAL NOTICE TOWN OF AMHERST REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS ARCHITECURAL SERVICES FOR 44 SUNSET COURT, AMHERST The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP)is to seek design services for the development of complete stamped architectural plans for a 1,300 square foot single family home with a full basement and an attached single-car garage at 44 Sunset Court in Amherst. The single family home will then be sold to an income eligible first-time homebuyer. Those wishing to receive a RFP packet should visit the Town of Amherst website at: www.amherst.ny.us and click on Track US/Request for Proposals for 44 Sunset Court. Proposals must be submitted electronically to communitydevelopment@amherst. ny.us or to the Town of Amherst Community Development, 5583 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221 no later than February 5, 2021. Questions can be submitted to Community Development staff at communitydevelopment@amherst. ny.us or via phone at (716) 631-7050. Brian J. Kulpa Town Supervisor Town of Amherst

TEACHER RESIDENCY PROGRAM Become a teacher and positively impact communities in Buffalo. UB’s innovative teacher residency program places aspiring teachers from diverse backgrounds in city classrooms where they learn—and earn—alongside mentor teachers for a full school year. The next residency cohort launches in the summer of 2021. EARN AN $18,000 living stipend while working towards a master’s degree and initial teacher certification. Apply by January 25th.

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LEGAL NOTICE COUNTY OF ERIE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Buffalo Bills Stadium 2020/2021 Year 8 Capital Improvement Allowance Projects PROJECT NO. 2020-885-01 Separate sealed bids for: General Construction, Civil, Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical work for the above project will be received by the County’s Commissioner of Public Works in Suite 1400 of the Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 until 10:30 AM local time on February 4, 2021, at which time they will be opened and read aloud. MBE/WBE, Apprenticeship program, and Local and Disadvantaged Workforce requirements may apply to this project. Additional information must be found at: www. erie.gov/dpw

LEGAL NOTICE LEGAL NOTICE Bids will be received by RP Oak Hill Building Co., Inc. for the Buffalo History Museum Renovations Project on 01/15/2021 at 10am. Please fax bids (716-822-4367) or email (kschindler@rpoakhill.com) prior to 10:00 am. There will be a pre-bid meeting on 01/05/2021 @ 8:30am located at 1 Museum Court, Buffalo, New York 14216. The scope of work includes demolition work, architectural millwork, carpentry work, painting work, flooring work, etc. The contract documents may be examined at Construction Exchange or can be purchased at Avalon Printing, (P: 716-995-7777). This project is PREVAILING WAGE. ***W/M/DBE & SDVOB participation is encouraged.

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“The time is always right to do what is right.”

- Martin Luther King Jr

January 15, 1929 his birthday

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The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been an inspiration to so many of us. He inspired us to serve others, to fight for fairness and justice and to stand up for what’s right. Let us celebrate his legacy together!


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