Resolution J625-2013

Honoring Buffalo, New York's Michigan Avenue corridor in celebration of Black History Month

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  • Feb 28, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 28, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 26, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Buffalo,  New  York's Michigan Avenue
corridor in celebration of Black History Month

WHEREAS, February has been designated as  Black  History  Month  in  our
Nation  to celebrate and recognize the contributions of the Black commu-
nity; this joyful month-long celebration is held across New  York  State
and  America  to  fittingly  note the contributions of African Americans
throughout history and in all fields of endeavor; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is justly proud to honor
Buffalo, New York's Michigan Avenue corridor  in  celebration  of  Black
History Month; and
  WHEREAS,  African Americans resided in the City of Buffalo as early as
the 1790s; since then, their contributions have  left  tremendous  land-
marks which assisted in the formulation of Buffalo; and
  WHEREAS,  The  proposed district location to be recognized starts from
East Ferry to Masten Avenue, then continues  south  to  Woodlawn  Avenue
onto Michigan Avenue and ends at Swan Street; and
  WHEREAS,  There have been some notable examples about these locations,
including: the Michigan Street Baptist Church  which  was  organized  in
1836  and  built  in 1845, and was considered a major part in the aboli-
tionist movement as a stop on the  Underground  Railroad;  the  Langston
Hughes Institute, an organization which has provided continuous services
to  the Western New York community since 1968 along with being a central
gathering place for cultural and community events; the Colored Musicians
Club that began in 1917 when African Americans were  prohibited  member-
ship  to the whites-only American Federation of Musicians local chapter;
and the National Association  for  the  Advancement  of  Colored  People
(NAACP)  which  was  founded  in Buffalo in 1905 by Mary B. Talbert, who
secretly hosted black political activists including  W.E.B.    Du  Bois,
John  Hope  and  nearly  30  others around her dining room table for the
first meeting of what would eventually become the  Niagara  Movement,  a
forerunner to the NAACP; and
  WHEREAS, African Americans reflect a proud legacy of courage and dedi-
cation that has helped to guide our Nation's success and prosperity; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend the Afri-
can  American community for preserving for future generations its centu-
ries-old traditions that benefit us all and add to the color and  beauty
of the tapestry which is our American society; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Buffalo, New York's Michigan Avenue  corridor  in  celebration  of
Black History Month; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted at events commemorating Black History Month throughout the State
of New York.

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