Resolution J272-2013

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of The Challenger



  • Jan 29, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 25, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 50th Anniversary of THE CHAL-

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  pay  tribute  to
those  illustrious  journalistic  entities  which  have  diligently  and
consistently, year after year, recorded the history of their communities
and brought local news and news of the larger world  to  their  readers;
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate the 50th Anniversary of THE CHALLENGER; and
  WHEREAS,  Founded  by  Arthur O. Eve, Calvin Kimbrough and John Moore,
THE CHALLENGER'S first edition hit the streets of  Buffalo,  New  York's
Black  community on April 11, 1963 -- the same year civil rights leader,
Medgar Evers was assassinated; and
  WHEREAS, THE CHALLENGER was used as  a  way  to  inform  and  energize
Buffalo's  Black  community, speaking out for the rights of the African-
American population and offering them a real alternative to an otherwise
negative and hostile press; and
  WHEREAS, Over the past 50 years, THE CHALLENGER has been  a  testament
to an extensive period of unprecedented social and political change that
has greatly affected the Black community; and
  WHEREAS, Today, THE CHALLENGER, under the leadership of Al-Nisa Banks,
is  the  largest  circulated black newspaper in the state outside of New
York City, and serves as an  expressive  voice  to  the  people  of  the
Buffalo region by providing a platform for all members of its community;
  WHEREAS,  This progressive paper has been a powerful tool in document-
ing the social, political, religious, cultural, artistic,  business  and
literary  history  and  events  for  the  Black community of Buffalo and
surrounding areas; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when  organiza-
tions  of  such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all  the  citizens  of
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 50th Anniversary of THE CHALLENGER; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to THE CHALLENGER.


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