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King's 1967 visit to Buffalo recalled in free program

"When the King Came to Buffalo," recalling the 1967 address by Martin Luther King Jr. in Kleinhans Music Hall, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, 450 Masten Ave.

Steve Peraza, SUNY Buffalo State assistant professor of history and social studies education, and former Common Council President George K. Arthur, who was among a small group of African-American leaders who pushed to publically recognize King before his speech – a controversial decision at the time – will talk about the significance of the visit and its relevance today. The Performing Arts choir also will perform.

The free event is sponsored by the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor and Just Buffalo Literary Center. For more information, visit or

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