It’s almost been one year since the tragedic event that took place at Tops. A locally friendly market on the east side of Buffalo that serves the majority of the Jefferson community. This event has changed the area forever.
With the U.S. officially opening up the world from a lockdown due to Covid-19. Who would’ve thought on May 14, 2021, the east side of Buffalo would experience one of the most hateful senseless crimes?
Ten African Americans were shot and killed, and the shooter pleaded guilty to all charges including domestic terror and hate.
To remember the lives lost on this day. In December the city of Buffalo has assembled multiple events in honor of the victims. Subsequently announcing the creation of a 5/14 remembrance committee. This will bring community healing as well. Starting May 12th until the day of the anniversary events will be held to the public.
Friday, May 12th from 9:00 AM until Noon at Roswell Park Comprehensive Center there will be a panel discussion about beyond hate. Held on the first floor of the Comprehensive Center. Attending is Melissa Harris-Perry, a host of National Public Radio, Imbari Kendi a New York Times best-selling author will serve as the speaker. Panelists include Brown, SUNY Chancellor John King, Spelman College President Helene Gayle, and Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
Seats are limited. Those interested in attending can register on Eventbrite.
Also Friday the 12th at 9:00 AM there will be an educational day of healing and restoration at Buffalo Toronto Public Media. On May 13th, from noon until 4:00 PM, a community gathering for reflection will take place. This will be held at Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium. There will be a moment of prayer, healing-related activities, community resources, food, and vendors.
This will all lead up to the day of remembrance. On May 14th, from 2-2:30 PM, a moment of remembrance will be led by Brown and church bells at Tops on Jefferson Ave. The church bell will ring at 2:28 pm the time of the horrific incident. On this day more memorials will take place at Elim Christian Fellowship at 6:00 PM. The worship will be led by Jamal Bryant, pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.