MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATIONS!

Thursday January 12  

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


Friday January 13

VA WNY Healthcare System to Hold MLK Observance

VA Western New York Healthcare System will celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life with a special event hosted bythe VA’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office and African American Employment Program Committee. The event will be Friday, January 13 from noon to 1p.m. in room 301, Freedom Hall Buffalo VA Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave. 

  A video featuring Dr. King’s civil rights leadership, along with several displays will be shown. Light refreshments will also be served.  “Dr. King was instrumental in making positive changes in the fight for civil rights and equality, through non-violent efforts,” commented Donna Brown African American Employment Program Manager.


Saturday January 14

First Shiloh to Hold Meet & Greet

The American Baptist Women of New York State will have a “meet and greet” session for all young adult women interested in missions and ministry on Saturday January 14 at 9am. This gathering will take place at First Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine St.  (on the corner of Pine and South Division) in the City of Buffalo. Please wear comfortable shoes, bring paper and pen and come prepared for Christian fun fellowship. A continental breakfast will be served. 

For more information and to RSVP call Geri Daniels at (716) 816-5948. We look forward to seeing you there! “Keep the faith and the faith will keep you!” 

Rev. Jonathan R. Staples is Host Pastor.


Sunday Jan 15 & Sunday Jan 29th 

Buffalo Philharmonic String Quartet Celebrates Martin  Luther KingWith Visit toFour East Side Churches. Four members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform during services in several East Side churches in honor of Martin LutherKing Jr. Day and to raise awareness of the BPO's new Diversity Council.

On Jan. 15 - King's actual birthday - they will perform at 10 a.m. at FriendshipBaptist Church, 402 Clinton St. and at 10:30 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine St. 

On Jan. 29, they will perform at 9:30 a.m. at True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St. and at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St. BPO Diversity Council co-chairs Otis N. Glover and Rev. Melody Rutherford will introduce the quartet to the congregation at each performance, increasing awareness of the newly-formedCouncil in the process.

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


Sunday January 15

Durham Memorial Martin Luther King Luncheon and Auction

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


Sunday January 15

46th Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Let's Be Real"

First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will hold its 46th Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 15 at 4 pm at 219 Hamilton Street in Rochester. Dr. King would have been 88 years old if he had not been assassinated on April 4 1968 as he stood on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee. 

Dr. King at the end of his life was upset about the divisions within the Civil Rights movements leadership and economic injustice within the United States. Dr. King in 1968 was not the same person when he led the march on Washington in 1963. Let's Be Real! Com out and celebrate the real King Minister Lawrance Lee Evans will make you understand that Dr. King was more than a dreamer and nothing like he is portrayed by his enemies and "come lately" friends. He was the Nations conscience and prophet. 


Sunday January 15

Durham Memorial Martin Luther King Luncheon and Auction

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

Howard University Law School Dean Danielle Holley-Walker who is from Buffalo NY to Keynote Afro American Historical Association’s Annual MLK Program  

The 12th Annual Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Program will be held Sunday, January 15 at 3 P.M. in the auditorium of the Buffalo History Museum (formerly Buffalo Erie County Historical Society), 1 Museum Court.   

The speaker for this event will be Danielle Holley-Walker, Dean of the Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC.  who will speak on the topic,  “The Time Is Always Now.”  Dean Holley was previously the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina, School of Law.  She was born in Buffalo, New York but grew up in Houston, Texas.  She earned her B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from Harvard University.  She clerked for Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Fifth Circuit.  She then practiced civil litigation in Houston.

She began her teaching career at Hofstra University School of Law, and in 2005 moved to the University of North Carolina.  Dean Holley teaches Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, and Federal Courts.  Her ongoing research agenda focuses on issues of educational opportunity and inclusion, with an emphasis on the governance of public schools.  She has won numerous awards and continues to be active in her community.

This program is free and open to the public.  Co-Sponsors are: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Rho Lambda Chapter of Buffalo, the Buffalo Branch NAACP, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Omega Chapter. W. Charles Brandy is President of the AAHANF.

Monday January 16

“People of Buffalo United To Remove Carl Paladino!”

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

For more information call 716-308-0002.


Monday January 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Winter Fun Fest

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


Monday January 16

Martin Luther King Born Day Celebration 

A Martin Luther King Day Born Celebration will be held on Monday January 16, from 3 to 6 p.m. at theGrant Street Neighborhood Center271 Grant Street(between Lafayette and Delavan).  The event will be featuring some of Buffalo’s most prestigious scholars, activists and musicians. For more information contact Aminah Johnson atPUSH Buffalo( 716) 884-0356.



Thursday January 19

Niagara Falls Martin Luther King Community Celebration

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


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

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