(Rendition of George K Arthur by buffalo artist Chuck Tingly for The African American Heritage Corridor’s Freedom-Wall)
The community mourns the passing of long time civil rights activist, and prominent political leader George K Arthur. The former president of the Buffalo Common Council which he served for 26 years transitioned Christmas Day December 25 in his home at the age of 87 after a long illness.
Outside of his impact in Buffalo government and politics for more that 55 years and his advocacy for justice and change in the Black community especially housing and education, he was also on the board for Buffalo Control Board, the Nash House, and founded the Pine Grill Jazz reunion in 1989; an annual event which features nationally known and local artists, drawing thousands to MLK Park every August. Mr. Arthur, a historian and visionary, was also a seasoned photographer who captured the City of Buffalo and it’s people,
From his 1964 race for the democratic committeeman to 1996 when he retired as Common Council President to a host of awards, accolades and acknowledgements including being a pioneer included on the African American Heritage Corridor Freedom Wall George K. Arthur has made an incredible mark on the city he loved that equally loved him back .
When asked about his legacy he once said “I hope it’s one of caring.”
**Don’t miss The Challenger’s tribute to George K. in the January 7th edition.**