In commemoration of the Niagara Movement's Centennial, Buffalo State College planned What Price Freedom? The Centennial Celebration of the Niagara Movement in Buffalo, New York, a distinguished lecture series designed to stimulate dialogue among local, national, and international scholars as well as the general public about the Niagara Movement and Buffalo's legacy as the birthplace of the early civil rights struggle.

Through an examination of the early history of African Americans within "The City of Light," we hoped to provide a reasoned argument for why Buffalo, New York played such a prominent role in the establishment of this newly styled leadership.

The final lecture in this series was held in April 2006.

What Price Freedom?  was funded, in part, by a major grant from the New York Council for the Humanities and was organized in collaboration with the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society and Langston Hughes Institute, along with the Organization of American Historians and Association for the Study of African American Life and History. All lectures were free and open to the public and young people were encouraged to attend.

To hear recordings of other lectures in the series, visit our podcast page.