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The Buffalo Association of Black Journalists will present the documentary "The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords," which celebrates the history of America's black newspapers, at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Langston Hughes Institute, 25 High St.

After the screening, a panel discussion about the media and the black press will take place, featuring association members, local black radio and television personalities and representatives of the Challenger and the Buffalo Criterion newspapers.

The Challenger and the Buffalo Criterion will be honored by the association for their dedication and coverage.

This Black History Month event is free and open to the public.

The Buffalo Association of Black Journalists was formed in 1999 to advocate for increased minority representation in local newsrooms at both the staff and management levels. The organization also is dedicated to improving local coverage of minority issues.

The local group is an affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists, the world's largest organization for people of color working in mass media.

Head of TeleVision Time receives honor

The industry trade journal AV Video Multimedia Producer recently named a local multimedia production company owner one of the country's top 100 producers in the business.

Muhammad Abdul-Furqan, the 49-year-old head of TeleVision Time in Buffalo, was selected for the award by the magazine in San Francisco.

Described by the magazine as a "civic journalist with a big heart and big vision," Abdul-Furqan was credited for his radio show and public-access broadcast, "Fixing the City With Muhammad," in which he promotes community building.

In 1996, he also put together a document for the city titled "Buffalo's Telecommunication Renaissance 2000," a plan to enhance city and county communications.

Abdul-Furqan is also head of the Buffalo Independent Producers Guild.

Actor to read Dunbar poetry at UB

Ralph Moon, an actor acclaimed for his portrayal of African-American writer Paul Lawrence Dunbar, will read poetry by Dunbar at 4 p.m. Friday at the University at Buffalo.

His presentation, in the Jeannette Martin Room of Capen Hall on UB's North Campus in Amherst, will be free to individuals with reservations. To make one, call 645-3072.

Moon's appearance, sponsored by the university's Educational Opportunity Program and Office of Student Multicultural Affairs, is part of UB's observation of Black History Month.

An African bazaar will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Student Union on the North Campus.

A concert Saturday by the Jewels of the Diaspora will begin at 8 p.m. in the Student Union Theater with an appearance by UB's African Dance Troupe.

Lieutenant governor will speak

The Western New York Chamber Alliance, which includes 28 Chambers of Commerce in the eight counties of Western New York, will sponsor a luncheon next week with Lt. Gov. Mary O. Donohue.

Her presentation will address two issues: the governor's Quality Communities Initiative and the impact of the state budget on Western New York.

The lunch will be at noon March 1 in Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. The public is invited, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact the Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce at 662-3366.

Empire State College sets sessions

Empire State College, which specializes in nontraditional adult education, will hold one-hour undergraduate information sessions at 12:30 p.m. March 12, 12:30 p.m. March 20 and 10 a.m. March 31.

A session on graduate programs will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 12.

The sessions will be held on the third floor of the Market Arcade, 617 Main St. Reservations can be made by calling 853-7700.

Riding program accepting applications

The High Hurdles Therapeutic Riding Program is accepting applications from people interested in riding during the 2001 season.

The first of six sessions will begin March 5, and others will follow through mid-November.

High Hurdles, a division of Suburban Adult Services, serves children 3 and older and adults who are challenged by physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities.

To register or for more information, contact Judy Feine at 496-5551.

County Sugar Shanty, Saw Mill opening

Erie County residents are invited to visit the county's Sugar Shanty and Saw Mill in Sardinia.

The sites are located on the county's forest preserve on Genesee Road in Sardinia and are open Monday through Friday for school group tours beginning Monday. The sites close for tours on April 12.

The sites will be open on weekends starting March 3 for other groups and for families.

The Sugar Shanty and Saw Mill offer residents a chance to view the production of maple products and the cutting of trees into lumber.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Forestry Office at 496-7410.

County officials are asking residents participating in the tours to bring a can of nonperishable food to help feed the needy. The donation is not required but is encouraged.

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