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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2010 Archives > February 2010 > Mayor Brown Celebrates Black History Month

Mayor Brown Celebrates Black History Month

Contact: Peter K. Cutler

Local Residents Honored in Special Ceremony

Mayor Byron W. Brown today held a special celebration in honor of Black History Month to recognize the many African-American men and women who have had a positive impact on the City of Buffalo.

“I’m honored to give deserved recognition today to so many great African-American residents of our city,” said Mayor Brown.  “It is fitting that we recognize current community members who are furthering the work established by previous generations.  These hard-working city residents have always strived for equality and justice, and are very deserving of our gratitude.” 

The theme of this year’s celebration is “The History of Black Economic Empowerment” and it honors the many African-Americans who overcame injustice and inequality to achieve financial independence and success in their respective fields.

During the annual ceremony, awards were presented to residents in the following categories: Education: Dr. Marsha Jackson and Dr. Henry Taylor; Faith Community: Bishop Glenwood H. Young  and Reverend James A. Lewis III; Media: Sheila Brown of WUFO and Ron Fleming of Fine Print News; Business: The EM Tea Cup and 2nd Cup and Richard Blanc; Block Clubs: Masten Block Club Coalition and Elizabeth Triggs; Community Service: Dolores Powell and the FATHERS organization; Arts: Bessie Patterson and Agnes Bain; Health: Catherine and Dr. Glen Lewis (LEWAC) and Dr. Underwood; Youth: LINKS and Thurman Thomas; Lifetime Achievement: Honorable Rose Sconiers and Willie Warren

The program also featured a host of speakers and performers, including The African American Cultural Center’s Dance Troupe and Deana Hobbs who will lead us in “Lift Every Voice and Sing”.