Buffalo NY Community Prepares to HONOR A KING with City Wide Celebrations!

January 17 Buffalo Public Library Holds The 41st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration

The 41st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration will feature a performance from Le Ballet Touba, an African dance and drum duo and Denise Chapman-Acosta, a member of the local Tradition Keepers Black Storytellers of Western New York. Our Master of Ceremonies will be local poet and community leader Clifford Bell. The Event will be from 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. Downtown Central Library 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo Info: 716-858-8900 www.BuffaloLib.org The event is free and open to the public.

January 20th The Concerned Citizens Following The Dream Committee presents “Follow His Footsteps ” MLK City Wide Celebration at Kleinhans !

The Concerned Citizens Following The Dream Committee will present the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration program, on Sunday January 20, at 6 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall. The theme is: “FOLLOW HIS FOOTSTEPS…LIVE THE DREAM… UNITY WINS.” Pastor Jason Drayton of First Calvary Baptist Church is the keynote speaker. The 2019 MLK awardees are: Judge James A.W. McLeod the Judicial Award; Agnes M. Bain the Community Service Award; Letizia Conrad the Education Award; Kelly Diane Galloway the Foreign Mission Award; James F. Dentinger the Business Award; Lillion Batchelor the Woman of Distinction Award; Eugenio Russi the Community Service Award ; and Dr. James A. Lewis lll the Humanitarian Award.

Some musical participants will include: the Hutch-Tech School Gospel Choir, Elim Christian Fellowship Praise Dance Ministry, Malcoln Wilson & the Joshua Generation Choir, Miss Barbara’s School of Dance, Bessie Patterson & the City-Wide Choir, Highly Favored Praise Dance Ministry, Buffalo Bells, Kappa Phi Fraternity Step Team, African American Cultural Center Dancers and others.

The admission is free and is sponsored in part by M&T Bank, Wegmans Food, Councilman Ulysees Wingo, Legislator Barbara Miller Williams, Thomas T. Edwards Funeral Home, Community Health Center of Buffalo Inc., Lombardo Funeral Home, Senator Tim Kennedy, UNYTS, ECMC Medical Center, Buffalo Teachers Federation Inc. THE African Cultural Center and others. Bessie Patterson is the Coordinator.

January 20 “Black Buffalo in 1967: Riots, SEEK, and a Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King”

The Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier will host its 14th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. program Sunday, January, 20 at 2 p.m. at the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court.

The speaker will be Dr. Steve Peraza, Assistant Professor of History and Social Studies Education at SUNY- College at Buffalo. The event is free and open to the public.

His presentation will be: “Black Buffalo in 1967: Riots, SEEK, and a Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King.” Dr. Peraza is a Board member of the Afro-American Historical Association of Niagara Frontier and is editor of the Associations Journal, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History.

He completed Volume 40 in July 2018. He has done extensive research and writings on Martin Luther King, slavery, the Fugitive Slave Law, Prison Hip Hop, and numerous other topics.

Father Clarence Williams Delivers the Guest Sermon at Dr. MLK Mass

Bishop Richard J. Malone will celebrate a special Mass for the observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Avenue. The guest homilist will be Father Clarence Williams, CPPS, Ph.D. All are welcome. Father Williams, a member of the Missionaries of the Precious blood religious order, was ordained in 1978 and has worked in Detroit, Michigan. He currently serves as pastor of a multi-racial parish in Columbus, Ohio. Father Williams, who is known for
his lectures and workshops on racism has presented throughout the United
States, South America, Africa and Europe. A reception and theme basket auction will be held after Mass. Proceeds will go toward the Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund.
For more information contact the Diocese of Buffalo’s Office of Cultural
Diversity at 847-2217 or at mramosss@buffalodiocese.org

January 21 Mayor Brown to Keynote Annual. MLK Scholarship

Breakfast The 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, hosted by Pastor Herschel Chapman Jr. and the New Hope Baptist Church
Christian Education Scholarship Committee, will be held on Monday, January 21 at 8:30a.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin Street.
This year’s Keynote speaker is the Honorable Mayor Byron Brown. Tickets are $35 per person.
For additional information
please contact New Hope Baptist Church at (716)883-0821 or the program Chair, at (716 835-4737)

January 21 New Hope Baptist Church MLK Breakfast

The 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, hosted by New Hope Baptist Church Christian Education Scholarship Committee will be held on Monday, January 21 at 8:30 a.m. at the Buffalo Niagara
Convention Center, 153 Franklin Street.
This year’s Keynote speaker is the Honorable Mayor Byron
Brown. Tickets are $35 per person. For additional information
please contact New Hope Baptist Church at (716)883-0821 or the program Chair, Retta Billingslea at The MLK Scholarship (716)835-4737)

January 21 Johnny B. Wiley Sports Pavilion to Host MLK Event

The Johnny B. Wiley Sports Pavilion, 1100 Jefferson at Best St., will host “Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21 from 12 noon to 3. p.m. The event will spotlight area youth and feature their voices regarding Dr. King. The community is invited to attend.
On February 9 a Valentines Shopping Bazaar will be held at the Wiley Pavilion. If you are interested in vending call Theresa Land at (716) 444-
2179.

January 21 Rochester Celebrates Martin Luther King Day with FREE Dance Classes!

Continuing its annual tradition since 1997, Garth Fagan Dance will once again honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the best way it knows how: through dance for five free dance classes on Monday January 21st giving members of the community – those with and without dance experience – the opportunity to learn the Fagan Technique directly from the dancers they see on stage. Pre-registration is recommended, but students can also sign up 20 minutes prior to the class. All participants are asked to wear footless tights and leotard or form fitting attire (no loose or oversized garments). No shoes
or socks will be worn. .
WHEN:
• 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.: 8-12 years old
•12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: 5-7 years old
•12:30p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Beginning Level/ Teen & Adults (13
years & up)
• 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Intermediate Level (13 years & up)
• 2:15 p.m.- 3:45pm: Adult Class
WHERE: Garth Fagan Dance, 3rd & 4th floors
50 Chestnut St., Rochester, NY : 585-454-3260
*Artistic Director Garth Fagan created his own dance language, Fagan
Technique, which is taught to students at the Company’s Dance More Rochester MLK Events

January 21 Buffalo United Front Annual MLK Jr. Winter Fun Fest

The Buffalo United Front will be having their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Winter Fun Fest at Como Park Monday January 21 from 20am-4pm. Tubing Sledding, Food & Family Fun. This is a Free Event . No Age Limit. * if there is no snow on this planned date the event will happen on the first Saturday there is snow. Info call 716 818-3410

January 30 Sankofa Circle to Present Dr. Martin Luther King Documentary:

The Sankofa Circle Documentary Series will present a two-part documentary, “Martin L. King: From Montgomery to Memphis” Wednesday, Jan. 16 and Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 883-4418.

Challenger Readers stay tuned for more updates to this posting for further scheduled MLK Events in Buffalo during January and February

February 5 Canisius College Celebrates the Legacy of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King

Soup with Substance Series event planned for February 5 Canisius College celebrates the legacy of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during a Soup with Substance event on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge located in the college’s Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center.
Presented by the ALANA (African American, Latino/a American, Asian American and Native American) Student Center, the event is free and open to the public with soup for the body and discussion for the heart and mind. Sandy E. White ’77, award-winning journalist and owner and president of Mustard Seed World Consulting Group, will interview and lead a discussion with featured guests: Rod Watson, founding president of Buffalo’s Association of Black Journalists. As urban affairs director for The Buffalo News, Watson is a weekly columnist who covers socio-economic and political issues affecting minorities and/or the poor, as well as the follies of local government.
Dr. Rev. James Lewis III is founder of the Miracle Missions Full Gospel Church, where he serves as pastor. He is chaplain for the Buffalo Police Department and director of pastoral care for ECMC.
The annual Soup with Substance Series, open to the Western New York community, presents culturally-based programs to familiarize audiences with topics germane to ALANA cultures. Free parking is available in the college’s Science Hall parking ramp (corner of Delavan and Jefferson). For more information, contact the ALANA Student Center at (716) 888-2787.