The arrival of February brings lots of different things to Western New York. Not only are we that much closer to the end of winter and the start of spring, holidays like Easter, St. Patrick's Day, and Dingus Day are on the horizon. However, perhaps the best thing that happens when February rolls around is Black History Month.

Most people don't realize how big of a connection Buffalo and Western New York have to black history. Whether it's Buffalo's first permanent resident, other important figures in the development and prosperity of America, or key events that have helped shape where we are today, Buffalo's contribution to black history is a key lynchpin in American history.

With Black History Month in full swing, there are all sorts of events happening all over Western New York for you to learn more about black history in the region. Buffalo State University, one of the largest universities in the State University of New York system, hosts some events that may interest you. As a former Buffalo State President's Community Advisory Committee member, it's great to share this information with you.

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Looking to honor and commemorate the contributions that Black Americans have had to the United States, Buff State is hosting two events sponsored in part by the African Studies Department and the President's Council on Equity and Campus Diversity:

848: The Criminalization of AmericaRSVP for this free event right here
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Buffalo's connection to American Black History runs deep. You can learn more about what Western New York has done for Black History right here.

5 Locations That Are Important to Black History in Buffalo

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Buffalo's 48th Juneteenth Celebration, Parade, and Festival

Western New York celebrates its 48th Annual Juneteenth Parade and Festival on June 17, 2023, in Buffalo's MLK Park Neighborhood. The Grand Parade starts on Genesee Avenue and travels one mile before turning into the historic MLK Park where the festival takes place. Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery after the end of the US Civil War.

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