Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buy Black Buffalo kickoff a lineup of February events last week that focus on Black entrepreneurs and highlight careers in advanced manufacturing .
The events are a series of virtual and live programs aimed at honoring Buffalo’s Black history by contributing to Black workers’ and entrepreneurs’ future.
Shatorah Donovan, Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Buffalo, said, “Buy Black Buffalo is a community driven initiative that began out of the Mayor’s Office of Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion.” In addition to small business educational programs, Buy Black Buffalo has revived its original Facebook Live talk show, “The Lounge”with a two-part townhall and fireside chat series. At 6 PM on Monday, February 22, Tesla, will present “Building Diverse & Equitable Talent Pipelines into Advanced Manufacturing.”
Guests can attend the panel discussion virtually. Representatives from Tesla, the City of Buffalo, and Northland Workforce Development will participate.
On February 24, Buy Black Buffalo, and Leadership Buffalo will present “Black Business Leadership Perspectives: Reimagining the Culture of Doing Business.” This virtual town hall will be February’s finalepisode of “The Lounge”. It will feature a panel of Black small business owners who will address the needs and concerns of Western New York’s small Black businesses, followed by a Q&A session.
Buy Black Buffalo is also partnering with Buffalo Bills’ running back Zack Moss, the Police Athletic League, and the Albright Knox Art Gallery to spotlight our youth voices. Through Instagram, Moss asks Buffalo Public and Charter School students in grades 6-12 to submit a video up to 60 seconds, digital artwork, or up to a 100-word written expression about what activism in sports means to them and the culture. For more information about the contest, please visit buyblackbuffalo.com or Instagram @buyblackbuffalony and @pal_buffalo. Albright Knox Art Gallery will judge the entries and select three winners. The first-place winner will enjoy a ten-minute virtual meet and greet with running back Zack Moss. All three winners will receive memorabilia from Zack Moss and the Buffalo Bills.
“Amplifying the youth voice is vital to building a strong community. I enjoy seeing how young people express themselves through art; It always inspires me,” Zack Moss, running back for the Buffalo Bills said. “I hope this contest will spark conversations about how each of us can inspire change in our communities, no matter our age.”
Buy Black Buffalo was established in December 2020 as part of a citywide shopping movement called Buy Black Buffalo Week, which aimed to support Black-owned businesses, especially ones that suffered economic challenges due to the COVID-19 global health pandemic.
For more information about Buy Black Buffalo, visit buyblackbuffalo.com.or call 716.851.4841
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