As an advocate for the community, the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission endeavors to integrate the African American cultural significance and impact on Buffalo's history through public engagement, community education that will invigorate, inspire and enliven cultural appreciation, preservation and community development.
Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
The Heritage Center preserves the historic role of the people of Niagara Falls in facilitating freedom for the oppressed. The places and stories associated with this network of freedom seekers, free African Americans, and abolitionists evoke powerful themes in American history and celebrate the bravery of the men and women who risked their own lives to achieve the most basic rights of liberty.
Through the generosity of the City of Buffalo, the County of Erie, the State of New York and a number of other benefactors, the Nash House was restored and opened as the Nash House Museum in May 2007, providing a snapshot of life in the early 1900's on Buffalo's East Side and a glimpse into the life of one of Western New York's most influential African-American leaders.
The Colored Musicians Club is the only remaining African American club in the entire United States and, as such, it actively encourages historical research and preservation of the history of jazz in Buffalo.
Buffalo, NY played a major role in the formation of The National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People. In 1905, a conference to be held in Buffalo was organized by Professor W.E.B. DuBois Of Atlanta, Georgia. He made arrangements with William H. & Mary Talbert to have the first day of the meeting on July 11, 1905, At their 521 Michigan Avenue home. Representatives from 18 states and The District Of Columbia attended. The July 12th and 13th meetings were held in Fort Erie Ontario, Canada. Plans were made for a permanent organization to be known as the "Niagara Movement". Professor DuBois prepared the principles of The Niagara Movement.
The renaissance of the Buffalo-Niagara Region is continuing to flourish and beginning to reach people in parts of our communities who face the greatest challenges. The Buffalo Urban League continues to move forward, connecting this growth to some of the most challenged communities in the Buffalo-Niagara region. As we reflect on our past, we use this experience to build a better future for people in the Buffalo-Niagara region; a better future where every individual has opportunities to realize their full potential and enjoy a quality of life in this community.
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