Full Syllabus

Readings on Racism, Violence, and Police Brutality in Buffalo

OP-Eds on the Mass Shooting 

Media Archive of Black Buffalo and Incidents of Racial Violence in Buffalo

Interviews Post-Tragedy from WBFO’s Buffalo What’s Next

June 6, 2022: Creating Community-Based Solutions

This episode of “Buffalo, What’s Next?” welcomes poet Jillian Hanesworth to talk about how art can contribute to social change. Buffalo Catholic Charities Educator Harvey Miles, Jr. discusses the idea of racial truth and reconciliation in America, and Alexander Wright, President, African Heritage Food Co-op presents the need for healthy food sustainability, and how his organization is helping the community.

June 7, 2022: Man vs. Society

In this episode of “Buffalo, What’s Next?,” Dave Debo and Buffalo State College Chair and Professor of Sociology, Ron Stewart, examine how our society breeds this kind of violence and what we can do about it . Bridget Jaipaul-Valenza speaks with Fragrance Harris. She courageously shares her first-hand account of the mass shooting at Tops Friendly Markets on May 14. And Jay Moran sits down with former Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton to discuss what she believes should be next for Buffalo.

June 17, 2022: Truth in Education

In this episode of “Buffalo, What’s Next?,” Dave Debo speaks with sports journalist John Wawrow about his personal essay regarding. Brigid Jaipaul-Valenza shares an extended report on Juneteenth education in Buffalo, followed by a conversation with Black History educator, LaGarrett King, Ph.D. Finally, Jay Moran welcomes John Washington to talk through housing inequity and Afrofuturism.

June 21, 2022: Food Access and the Legacy of Black Farmers

Food apartheid on the East Side of Buffalo is an issue that continues to need further discussion. In this episode, Jay Moran welcomes Author Natalie Baszile, whose latest book “We Are Each Other’s Harvest” celebrates African American Farmers, the land, and their legacy. The conversation continues with Dave Debo and Allison DeHonney from Buffalo Go Green as they examine urban farming and barriers to food access.

August 2, 2022: A Community Divided and Opportunity for Change

In this episode of “Buffalo, What’s Next?” Jay Moran explores the historical context of a community divided by the Kensington Expressway with local elder, Cliff Bell. Dave Debo examines health inequity and lingering community concerns after the recent racially motivated shooting on the East Side with Rev. Diann Holt. 

Readings on the City’s Geography 

*On Built Environment and City Planning/ City Government 

*On Housing Discrimination  

*On Segregation 

*On Gentrification

*On Urban Settler Colonialism

Readings on General WNY History 

*On Black New York State

Readings on Black Buffalo’s History 

*On Slavery Abolition

Readings on the Indigenous History of Buffalo/WNY

Readings on Women’s History 

Readings on Queer History

Readings on Civil Rights/Black Power Movement 

Readings on Buffalo’s Radical Tradition and Mutual Aid History

Readings on Migration Patterns for Black Americans in Rust Belt Cities 

Policy Reports & Briefs Relevant to Black Buffalo

Readings on “Towards an Abolitionist Future”

Readings on Black Culture, Music, & Art

Museums, Historical Markers Around the City, and Places to Visit

*On Food Justice

Mass Incarceration and the Erie County Holding Center


The Black Buffalo Syllabus Collective would like to thank the following people/organizations for their submissions to the syllabus. (Please note this list is not exhaustive and will be updated periodically): Geniece Crawford Mondé, Alliah L. Agostini, Corey Welch, Jason Knight, Domonique Griffin, Monica L. Miles, Kate Haq, Eve Shippens, Meghan Cope, Kenneth Hawkins, Adrienne Garr, Colored Conventions Project, Russell Weaver, and Randolph Hohle