Buffalo’s first Black History Bee was held at East Community High School on Northampton Street last Saturday. The first of its kind, the successful day-long event was co-sponsored by Erie County Legislator and Majority Leader April N.M. Baskin and historian / educator Eva M. Doyle. Students from Buffalo Public Schools and community organizations had their knowledge tested based on Black and African Diasporic history.
Thirty students participated in the 10a.m. preliminary round. After lunch the competition continued with the final round and the winners of the 2019 Black History Bee were announced.
The Championship Round Middle School Winning Team was from Harvey Austin Elementary School and included: LeeAnn Snyder, Krystal Brumfield, and Jamere Robinson. The team from Buffalo Performing Arts Academy was the Championship Round High School Winner and included:Treasure Johnson, Alana Massey, Renysia Thomas and Nahiem Paris .
The event is the vision of Majority Leader Baskin in collaboration with principal Daryl King of East Community High School. The Championship winners each received the Eva M. Doyle Black History Trophy and a $250 grand prize sponsored by the African American Cultural Center. This year’s inaugural event included keynote messages from former Legislator Betty Jean Grant and former Buffalo Common Councilmember Charlie Fisher.
Congratulations to all the outstanding participants!