>'Great Debate' puts philosophies in spotlight
The "Great Debate" in African-American history took center stage Friday night in the auditorium of the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Song, soliloquy and debate presented the philosophies of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois, two black leaders of the early 20th century.
Though both believed that blacks could use peaceful democratic means to gradually achieve equality, Washington advocated an economic strategy while DuBois advocated political struggle for civil rights -- specifically the right to vote.
Henry L. Taylor, director of the University at Buffalo's Center for Urban Studies, presented DuBois' position, and George B. Alexander, county commissioner of probation and youth services, presented Washington's. Posing the questions were Rod Watson of The Buffalo News, Frank Gist of Buffalo Criterion and Eva Doyle, a columnist for Buffalo Criterion.
The event, presented by First World Publishing and the Challenger, Buffalo's weekly newspaper for the black community, was to benefit the newspaper.
>Speed limit lowered on Route 62, police warn
Before they find out the hard way, motorists using Route 62 in Eden should be aware that the speed limit on part of it has been lowered from 55 mph to 45 by the state Department of Transportation.
The town supported the change because of several near collisions involving a stopped school bus and the presence of farm equipment, Eden Police Lt. John McCarthy said Friday.
The new limit affects the section from the Hamburg town line to Webster Road.
>Griffith named to head law guardian panel
WARSAW -- Acting State Supreme Court Justice Michael F. Griffith of Warsaw was named this week to succeed a Buffalo jurist as chair of the state court system's Fourth Department Law Guardian Advisory Committee.
Griffith, supervising judge for all Family Courts in Western New York, takes over the unsalaried post from State Supreme Court Justice John F. O'Donnell, who had chaired the panel since 1994.
>Black Film Festival begins today
The fourth annual Western New York Black Film Festival opens at 7 p.m. today with a screening of "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till" in the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St.
The film results from producer Keith Beauchamp's 10-year investigation into the 1955 murder of Till, a 14-year-old African-American who was killed and dumped in the Tallahatchie River allegedly for whistling at a white woman while visiting Mississippi. Pictures of the brutalized body in the coffin, published in Jet magazine after the funeral, helped spark the civil rights movement.
When the U.S. Justice Department reopened the case in 2004, it cited Beauchamp's documentary as a starting point for its investigation.
The film festival is hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's Buffalo Alumnae Chapter and county Legislator Demone Smith, D-Buffalo.