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Erie County

Town of Tonawanda employees can celebrate their own birthdays with a day off, but not Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, which has been a national holiday for more than 30 years. Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger called that an embarrassment, but he said it is due to contracts with unions. Town resident Patti McFarland told the Town Board on Monday that it is "disrespect…

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Kriner Cash, superintendent of the Buffalo city schools, spent a lot of time Saturday contemplating what he'll say tonight from the stage at Kleinhans Music Hall, the same stage where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed Buffalo only a little more than 50 years ago. Cash will be particularly conscious of the young adults and children in the audience from throughout…

Buffalo

The Bible is at the feet of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who leans from the stage at Kleinhans Music Hall to clasp the hands of men and women in the crowd before him. They surge forward, beaming, at the front of a line that stretches beyond range of the camera. The date is Nov. 9, 1967. The image, in a file at the Buffalo History Museum, was captured by Robert L. Sm…