Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, David Levering Lewis recently offered accolades to Buffalo State for the college's year-long commemoration of the Niagara Movement centennial. Lewis commended the college for its "remarkable recovery of the historical and contemporary significance of what was, in reality, this nation's first civil rights organization." Lewis offered further commendation for the college's role in "organizing, promoting, and sustaining this year-long educational enterprise of such critical local and national resonance."
The organizing committee of the What Price Freedom? Distinguished Lecture Series is honored to have received such high praise from Lewis, an eminent scholar of national and international renown. We would like to add, however, that the series could not have been a success without the time, dedication, and financial support that we received from our sponsors: The New York Council for the Humanities, Erie Community College, The Langston Hughes Institute, The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, and a myriad of other local, national, and international agencies. While space does not permit us to thank each office or individual who assisted us in this effort, we would like to offer our heartfelt appreciation for helping us make this program a success.
A major goal of the What Price Freedom? Distinguished Lecture Series was to provide a reasoned argument for why, at the turn of the century, Buffalo distinguished itself as the birthplace of the Niagara Movement and to bring together students, scholars, and community members to celebrate that history. What Price Freedom? The Centennial Celebration of the Niagara Movement in Buffalo, New York included a literacy component for young people and engaged over 2,000 participants from throughout the region, and indeed from around the world. That being said, we thank you for your time, we thank you for your financial support, and above all, we thank you for your participation.
Dr. Wanda M. Davis
What Price Freedom? The Centennial Celebration of the Niagara Movement in Buffalo, New York