Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined with State Senator Tim Kennedy to honor long-time Buffalo education advocate, Dr. Eva M. Doyle by putting her name on the auditorium at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library.
“Dr. Doyle is an outstanding advocate for education in the City of Buffalo and renaming the Merriweather Library in her honor is a wonderful way to thank her for making a positive difference in our community,” Mayor Brown said. “To those who come here, this auditorium will forever remind people, of all ethnic backgrounds, about her passion for teaching history, infectious spirit and deep pride in her community.”
The Mayor noted he honored Dr. Doyle during the City of Buffalo’s 2017 Black History Month celebration, which highlighted the role that education has played in the history of African Americans from times of slavery to present day.
“History is full of examples of people overcoming arbitrary boundaries imposed on them. My Administration has and continues to be committed to clearing as many of those barriers as possible through initiatives to ensure no one is left out or left behind on their path to education and employment,” Mayor Brown said.
Dr. Doyle spent more than 30 years inside the classroom, retiring as a Buffalo Public School teacher in 2004. She has authored more than 11 books and has dedicated her life to preserving Black history in Buffalo through education and awareness campaigns, as well as through her column, Eye on History, which is featured in the oldest Black newspaper in Western New York – The Criterion.
Dr. Doyle just wrapped up a long stint hosting a radio talk show on WUFO, Western New York’s only Black-owned radio station.
As Western New York residents celebrate life in the 716 Area Code through 716 Day, Mayor Brown joins the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres in calling on the 716 community to make donations through Give716.org.
The giving campaign supports more than 400 nonprofit organizations across WNY, including the Police Athletic Association of Buffalo (PAL).
“PAL provides a diverse range of educational and sports activities for Buffalo youth of all ages, as well as providing mentoring and support to kids from all City neighborhoods,” Mayor Brown said. “The Give716 initiative is a great way to help PAL continue its great work to keep our kids learning, active and engaged all year round,” Mayor Brown said.
Key programs include PAL’s free, six-week summer educational and sports camps, Mayor Brown’s Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge, Game Changers basketball sessions, and after-school programs.
Give716 offers options to donate to specific organizations, as well as general donations. Give716 kicks off this evening at 7:16 p.m. and runs through 11:59 p.m., Friday, July 16. The first 2,000 people who log onto Give716.org and donate $71.60 or more, will receive a limited-edition Give716 t-shirt. Additional incentives will be announced throughout the event.
In honor of 716 Day, the dome of Buffalo City Hall and members of the Landmark Illumination Team will light up downtown Buffalo in BLUE, tonight and tomorrow as part of the celebration.
Mayor Brown has added his signature to a letter drafted by the National Conference of Mayors which urges federal lawmakers to take immediate action on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework announced by President Joe Biden and Republican and Democratic senators on June 24. The letter expresses support for the $1.2 trillion over eight years plan for our nation’s infrastructure.
The letter, which includes signatures from mayors from all 50 states, urges House and Senate leadership to take immediate action on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework announced by President Biden and a group of Republican and Democratic Senators on June 24, 2021 in the spirit of both progress and compromise.
“This framework would be the largest long-term investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century – $1.2 trillion over eight years – to help make our economy more sustainable, resilient, and just. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework is crucial to making meaningful progress on one of the most pressing and unifying challenges facing our country – the need for comprehensive investment in public transportation; roads; bridges; passenger and freight rail; drinking water and wastewater; clean energy and electrification; legacy pollution cleanup; cyber-attack and extreme weather-resiliency; and universal broadband access,” the letter states.
The City of Buffalo Animal Shelter is making it easy to meet your new four-legged best friend with a special outdoor adoption event from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 17, at the shelter, 380 Oak St.