The City of Buffalo MLK Virtual and Radio Celebrations

WNY Coalition of Blacks in Courts Presents “A Celebration of the Life and Works of Dr. King” 

On Friday, January 15  at 12 noon . members of the judiciary as well as court security and staff, will assemble virtually for the court’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program: “a Celebration of the Life and Works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” sponsored by the Eighth Judicial District’s Coalition of Blacks in the Courts.  This year’s theme is “The Time is Always Right to Do What is Right.”

 State Supreme Court Justice Paula L. Feroleto, Administrative Judge for the Eighth Judicial District, will welcome the judges, court staff and guests.  Hon. Craig D. Hannah, Chief Judge of the Buffalo City Court, will bring greetings and serve as the Master of Ceremonies.  Rev. Ronald C. Coleman, Program Coordinator the Buffalo DWI Court and Pastor of Faith is the Victory Tabernacle, will give the Invocation and after a brief program the Coalition will host a screening of the “First Rainbow Coalition.”

The Court will present the Sharon A. Thomas Humanitarian Award to Ms. Tasha Moore, Deputy District Executive of the 8th Judicial District, and Ms. Lydia Soto (posthumously).  Also, Court Officer Louise Pitts will be recognized for over 32 years of dedicated service to the court system. The program will take place from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. virtually via MS Teams, and is free and open to the public.  If you wish to attend, please register by emailing 

WUFO To Host MLK Day Special Radio Program

WUFO Radio will air an MLK Special Program Monday, January 18 from. 12 noon to 4 p.m. The special event is being sponsored by Best Self, Roswell Park, Mayor Byron Brown and Northwest Bank. Tune in on the air at WUFO 1080 AM or Power 96.5 FM or online at  To order a copy of the broadcast for $10.80 call (716)834-1080.


The Concerned Citizens Following The Dream committee presents the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Program. There are two ways to watch it:

Saturday January 16, 2021, 6pm, Streaming on Facebook at “The Concerned Citizens Following The Dream Committee’ 

Monday January 18, 2021 on WKBW Channel 7 TVat 3:30 pm. 

The theme is: ‘INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE.” Several local talents will be performing including DaMarka Wheeler, Kimera Latimore, Wynetta McElveen, Mitchell McCleod, Rahin Dunston, The Royalton Ringers, Miss Barbara’s School of Dance, Performing Arts School, The African Cultural Center Dancers and others.  Greetings and Tributes from Senator Tim Kennedy, Mayor Byron Brown and Mr. Clifford Bell. MLK Celebration Awards went to, Elda Pichardo, the “ MLK Youth Community Service Award”, Mr. Herbert Bellamy, the “MLK Businessman Award”, Rev. Gene Coplin, the “MLK Interfaith Award”, Judge JaHarr  Pridgen, the “MLK Judicial Award” Maritza Vega, the “Community Leadership Award” Constance Eve, the “Woman of Distinction Award” Florence Johnson, the “MLK Education Award” This program was sponsored in part by: M&T Bank, Wegmans Food, Senator Tim Kennedy, Councilman Ulysees Wingo, Lombardo Funeral Home, Buffalo Teacher’s Federation Inc. Community Health Center of Buffalo, ECMC, ConnectLife, Mayor Byron Brown and Councilman Darius Pridgen. We invite everyone to tune in and share on Facebook. Bessie Patterson Coordinator/producer along with HotRod Studios.

 Access To A Free Ka is Proud and Honored to Build on Communiversity 2021     

*Join Access To A Free Ka every Sunday on WUFO 1080 AM, 96.5 FM, and www.power965radio.comfrom 7– 10 p.m. as we talk about this mission.However this is a special invitation for you to join us Monday January 18, 2021 at 4pm for a special MLK Birth Anniversary broadcast where we will be giving away free books to our listeners

For a year and a half, since WUFO’s Town Hall Meet the Candidates at the Northland Workforce Training Center, we decided it was necessary to educate our community about civics, community responsibility, and community engagement.  The need to include the Black Community in all of its diversity was the main goal. Different generations have different accounts of the Black Experience in America. Different educational, economical, and social classes have given us different experiences as we challenge the same problems.

 Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most beloved  Brothers in the world and his words and works carry a lot of weight. If he was to give us some last words, a farewell address, a final lesson ……. What would it Be? If he was to take a “Time out” or go to the “Mountain Top” and soberly prepare this Final Testament, where would he go? What would he Teach? What would he state? What would he ask? I have a couple of answers for those who just asked that question. Rev. King went to Jamaica and wrote the book, “Where Do We Go From Here – Chaos or Community.” This  clear, easy listening voice to rally our collective experience speaks to us with a 20/20 vision and not just a dream.

We are asking schools, churches, mosques, and community centers to get this book in the hands of your members. Masons, Fraternities, Sororities, and other organizations and institutions, please find a way to get this book to your members. The intergenerational knowledge and wisdom must be experienced now! 2021 needs our hearts, minds, money and votes to be on the same page.  We must be in position to Save Ourselves if necessary.  Tune into the MLK Birth Anniversary event on Monday January 18th on WUFO(see above) 

Reading Matters: “Where Do We Go From Here” and Other Books by Dr. King Available at Zawadi Books 

In the month of January, we pause to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others who were a part of the Civil Rights Movement.  Unfortunately after we read the I Have a Dreamspeech from the March on Washington in 1963, we cease to study King and his philosophy.  Dr. King in his book: Where Do We Go From Here spoke on racism: “If Western civilization does not now respond constructively to the challenge to banish racism, some future historian will have to say that a great civilization died because it lacked the soul and commitment to make justice a reality for all men.”

•Hellbound on His Trail by Hampton Sides

The King Years by Taylor Branch

Pillars of Fire by Taylor Branch

•Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community by Martin Luther King –For Young Readers-

•I Am Martin Luther King by Brad Melzer

•The Power of a Dream: Martin 

Luther King, Jr.

•What Was Your Dream, Dr. King by Mary Carson

 Other available items include Bookmarks and Framed King Stamps. ZAWADI IS LOCATED AT 1382 Jefferson. 903-6740.

Open Wed.- Fri.- Sat. 12 noon-4pm.