Buffalo Urban League Youth to Honor Young Pioneers!

As we celebrate Black History Month, the Buffalo Urban League “Little Leaguers” will host its first ever Black History program themed The Future of Black History. The 2019 program will recognize four local youth under the age of 18 who are pioneers in the Buffalo community and beyond. The honorees are: Zandra Cunningham (age 17), Founder & CEO of Zandra Beauty; Sheldon Gibbs (age 12), Founder & CEO of Classic Knot; Ziarra Griffin (age 11), the student whose quick thinking brought her school bus driver to justice after a hit-and-run; and customer sneaker designer Emeka Wajed (age 14). The Future of Black History will take place on Tuesday, February 19 at 6p.m. at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue.

“We are so excited that our Buffalo Urban League Little Leaguers are having this event to recognize our enterprising youth here in Buffalo who are making history every day,” said Brenda McDuffie, President & CEO of the Buffalo Urban League. “It’s inspiring to our Little Leaguers and us to see that Black History is more than a month; it happens right here in our community and is being made every day by people of all ages – even their own peers.”

The Buffalo Urban League Little Leaguers is a newly established youth auxiliary of the Buffalo Urban League comprised of youth ages 10 – 15. The Little Leaguers participate in various community service projects and events year-round with the League as well as coordinate and host their own. Beverly Moore, Housing Coordinator at the Buffalo Urban League, currently serves as the group’s adviser.

Members of the community are encouraged to be part of the celebration. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on “The Future of Black History” or the Buffalo Urban League Little Leaguers, please contact Beverly Moore at 716-250-2402, or