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As you are aware, May 14th, 2022, marked a tragic day in the history of the Buffalo community. On that fateful day, a terrorist, armed with hateful intentions, perpetrated a heinous act that claimed the lives of ten individuals and inflicted serious injuries upon three others. The repercussions of this senseless act continue to reverberate through our community, leaving indelible scars on the lives of the affected families and deep wounds in the collective psyche of our city.

While we cannot undo the devastation caused by this act of terror, nor can we fully alleviate the pain suffered by those directly impacted, we can choose how we respond as a community. As we approach the second annual commemoration of this tragedy, it is imperative that we not only remember the lives lost on that day but also reaffirm our commitment to building a safer, more inclusive future for all.

With this goal in mind, we are proud to announce the continuation of the Buffalo Black Caucus, initiated by the 5/14 Remembrance Alliance under the leadership of Zeneta Everhart. Zeneta, a respected community leader and mother whose son was among those injured in the attack, envisions the Buffalo Black Caucus as a catalyst for positive change in our long-neglected communities.

The second annual Buffalo Black Caucus will once again serve as a platform for education, empowerment, and advocacy within the Black community. Through a series of panel discussions, roundtable sessions, and keynote addresses, we will address the systemic issues that have perpetuated inequality and marginalization in our society. Topics such as economic disparities, access to quality education, healthcare equity, and criminal justice reform will be explored in depth, with the aim of fostering meaningful dialogue and driving tangible action.

In addition to thought-provoking discussions, the event will feature cultural performances celebrating the richness and diversity of Black heritage. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary lunch and participate in networking activities aimed at forging connections and fostering collaboration.

The Buffalo Black Caucus is committed to ensuring that this event is accessible to all members of our community. Admission will be free of charge, but registration will be required to manage attendance effectively. Every participant will receive a swag bag and commemorative t-shirt, designed by a local artist, as tokens of appreciation for their support.

Together, let us honor the memory of those we have lost by rededicating ourselves to the pursuit of justice, equality, and unity. Through collective action and solidarity, we can build a brighter future for Buffalo—one where every individual has the opportunity to thrive and flourish.

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