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Discussion and reading: "William Wells Brown and His Living Legacy." Brown, a former slave, signal force in the history of the Underground Railroad, author of the first African-American play and former Buffalo resident, was a compelling and inspiring figure in the 19th century. Lillian Williams, State University at Albany professor and author of "A History of Black Buffalo," will discuss Brown's life and historical era. N'Tare Ali Gault, actor, poet and playwright, will read Brown's literary work; noon to 1 p.m., Mason O. Damon Auditorium, Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. For information, call Ed Taylor at 832-5400 or Amy Savigny at 858-7182.

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Blood pressure screening: High blood pressure risk reduction program; 11 a.m to 3 p.m., Orchard Park Auto Bureau, S3352 Southwestern Blvd.


Art exhibit: Last day of the "Sizzling January Illustrators' Show"; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Niagara County Community College Art Gallery, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road. Free. Call 614-5975 for information.

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