Black History Month: Du Bois Award-Winning Exhibit
The American Negro Exhibit was created by W.E.B. Dubois and first appeared in the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, where it received seventeen awards. It presented a collection of materials to illustrate the progress of the Negro race in the United States since emancipation from slavery in 1863.
Black History Month: Exhibits at Pan American Exposition Show Two Sides
The Darkest Africa exhibit at Buffalo’s 1901 Pan American Exposition consisted of 62 people representing a variety of African tribes. They were transported to Buffalo to demonstrate weaponry, handicrafts, songs, and dances.
Black History Month: Seeking Better Lives in Buffalo
From 1915 onward, large numbers of African-Americans left agriculture areas in the South to seek better paying jobs in the industrial cities of the North. The industrial boom stimulated by World War 1 and the steel plant in Lackawanna drew African-Americans to Western New York in large numbers.
Black History Month: Witness Tackles McKinley’s Killer in Buffalo
On September 6, 1901, James B. Parker, a waiter at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, stood in line to shake President William McKinley’s hand. He emerged from this event as a hero when he tackled the anarchist Leon Czolgosz after the assassin shot the president twice in the stomach.
Mary Talbert: Advocate and Civil Rights Crusader
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Mary Morris Burnett Talbert was an educator, women’s rights advocate and a civil rights crusader.
Rev. Jesse Nash: Legendary Buffalo Minister
Rev. Nash, was pastor of Michigan Avenue Baptist Church for 61 years, and was Mary B. Talbert’s minister. Nash was a dynamic leader who built a community on Buffalo’s east side.
W.E.B. Du Bois
W.E.B Du Bois was born in Massachusetts and was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Black History: Buffalo School Production on Black Hair
In honor of Black History Month, The Westminster Community Charter School will be presenting, “Submerged in Perception Emerging in Truth: I Am Not My Hair,” Friday, February 17 at 9:15 a.m. in the school auditorium.
Booker T. Washington
Booker T. Washington was an ex-slave and founder of the Tuskegee Institute--the largest and best supported black college of the time.
VIDEO: WBLK Talks With S.O.U.L Students
In honor of Black History Month, WBLK's DJ Supreme and DJ Ed-Nice paid a visit to Sweet Home High School to talk with members of the S.O.U.L organization.
Niagara Movement: Du Bois and Washington Clash Over Beliefs
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a debate raged between African Americans who believed that they should temporarily accept inferior social and political status while building economic power, and those who believed that their political rights should be granted immediately.
Free Soil Party: Thousands Gather in Buffalo for National Convention
On August 9, 1848, the Free Soil Party, an anti-slavery political party, held a national convention in Buffalo. It was attended by no less than twenty thousand men.