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Feb. 19, 1965: News editorial begs for peaceful race relations

Fifty years ago this week, News editors were begging for calm and peace in trying to tackle Buffalo’s racial divide, as some elements of the African-American community were ready to welcome a smaller disruption of peace if it meant saving Buffalo from the larger race riots happening elsewhere around the country.

"Don’t Divide Buffalo"

"Decisions being made and to be made will determine whether the city and its leaders, and this includes the Negro leadership, between them are going to undertake a solution of some of the problems which perplex us, or whether outside interests, heavily financed, are to come here to carry on a program all its exponents concede will be 'abrasive' and 'disruptive.' "

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