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There Are Stories To Tell
2023 Black History Month Talks

The Black History Month Talks take place on Tuesdays from 6 - 7 PM  at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library. Talks are Free and Open to the Public.  TWO WAYS TO EXPERIENCE THE TALKS:  (1) IN PERSON -In-person attendees do not need to register, simply show up at the Library on the day of the talks. (2) ZOOM - The talks will also be streamed live. Register to get a zoom link emailed to you and tune in from home!


Freedom is Not Free: Letters from WWII Soldiers to Rev. Nash 
Tuesday February 7, 2023

Speakers: Lillie Wiley-Upshaw, Rachel Henderson, and Sharon Holley

Join the leaders of the Michigan Street Baptist Church and the Nash House Museum as they dive into the history surrounding WWII Soldiers in Buffalo and their correspondence with Rev. J. Edward Nash. 

Watch the recording. 


Introducing Your Colored Musicians Club & Museum - Preserving, Presenting and Promoting the legacy of African American Music in Buffalo since 1917
Tuesday February 28, 2022

Speaker: George Scott, Danny Williams, & Craig Steger

This lecture will provide an in-depth look at the history of the Colored Musicians Club and Local 533 during the Jazz Age and beyond.

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Andrew Jackson Smitherman:  A Pen Warrior – In Defense of his People
Tuesday February 14, 2023

Speaker: Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold

Join the Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold, co-founder of the Uncrowned Queens Institute, as she shares the story of Andrew Jackson Smitherman. A survivor of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, journalist Andrew J. Smitherman settled in Buffalo in 1925.  Over the next 35 years, he published the Buffalo Star and rebuilt a life of service, advocacy, and contribution to Buffalo’s Black community.

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WUFO 1080 Radio Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement
Tuesday February 21, 2023

Speakers: Sheila Brown & Lee Pettigrew

Join the Sheila L. Brown, owner of WUFO Radio Station, and Lee Pettigrew, long-time WUFO MIX1080 AM and POWER 96.5 DJ, Lee Pettigrew, as they share the history relating to WUFO Radio Station and the Civil Rights Movement. 

Watch the recording. 

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