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Good Morning, Buffalo: Local activist Brenda McDuffie talks two decades of fighting racial inequalities

Good Morning, Buffalo: Local activist Brenda McDuffie talks two decades of fighting racial inequalities


Sept. 17, 2020


Despite the challenges involved in achieving equality, retired Buffalo Urban League CEO Brenda McDuffie sees cause for hope in the area's Racial Equity Roundtable. 

In fight for equality, McDuffie not exiting the stage, just changing roles

After more than two decades fighting inequality as head of the Buffalo Urban League, Brenda McDuffie finally sees a real community commitment in the form of the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable.

The multiracial group of 38 civic, business and political leaders has tallied the costs of the racial gaps in education, employment, income and other sectors and the dividends the region could reap by eliminating those disparities.

And though recently retired as president and CEO of the Urban League, she makes it clear she is not retiring from the fight. With racial incidents on Hertel Avenue and at a Tonawanda mini mart illustrating the work still to be done, she continues to confront inequity as part of the roundtable and in other roles. She plans to remain an active part of the effort to improve a region she says earns only a “C” when it comes to racial progress.

– Rod Watson


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Max Kalnitz is an award-winning multimedia journalist from Buffalo, New York whose work has appeared in Billboard, The Nation and The Buffalo News, among other outlets.

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