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Posted on: June 17, 2021

Mayor Brown Calls on All Buffalo Residents to Reflect On The Importance Juneteenth

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today encouraged all Buffalo residents to take a moment to reflect on the importance of the many celebrations and commemorations taking place to mark the 46th Annual Celebration in the City of Buffalo.

“On this Juneteenth, I ask all Buffalo residents to reflect on the many ways a diverse and inclusive community enhances and enriches the lives of all of our residents,” Mayor Brown said. “We are more committed than ever to ensuring that the City of Buffalo is a place of inclusion and opportunity for all, where no one is left out and no one is left behind, not just on Juneteenth, but every day!”

Mayor Brown also reminded residents that City Hall will be closed on Friday, June 18, as the City of Buffalo observes Juneteenth as an official holiday.

“The national theme for 2021 is “The Continual Evolution of Juneteenth,” and this year, for the very first time, I am proud to remind everyone that Juneteenth is a paid holiday for all City of Buffalo employees,” Mayor Brown said.

He also commended Congress for voting this week to make Juneteenth a federal holiday starting in 2022 and applauded President Biden for quickly signing that bill into law.

In addition to the many virtual and in-person Juneteenth events taking place through Sunday, June 20 which have

been organized by the Buffalo Juneteenth Festival, Inc., the City of Buffalo is joining with its Juneteenth-themed Buy Black Buffalo Pop-Up series of events.

“Buy Black Buffalo is helping to provide resources to the Black community that will bridge the wealth gap, restore trust between small businesses and large corporations, and encourage everyone to shop locally. These goals aim to create economic freedom for all,” said Shatorah Donovan, the City’s Chief Diversity Officer. “As we celebrate Juneteenth, this is a perfect time to put the spotlight on Buffalo’s amazing Black business community and remind all our residents to support them.”

The Juneteenth Buy Black Buffalo Pop-ups are sponsored through a partnership between the City, Juneteenth Festival, Inc. and M&T Bank.

For more information about Buy Black Buffalo, visit

The dome of City Hall and the City’s BuffaloLIT partners will be lit up in in Green, Red and Black, the colors of the Pan- African flag, tonight through Saturday, June 19, as part of Buffalo’s Juneteenth 2021 celebration.

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