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Archives & Special Collections: B.U.I.L.D. - Papers & Challenge to the License Renewal of WNIA & WSAY

The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center

B.U.I.L.D. Community Organization History

Mission Statement 

The B.U.I.L.D. of Buffalo Organization seeks to address the lack of direction and unity in Buffalo’s Black Community and other Ethnic Communities around the Western New York area.

The Organization seeks to provide a forum for community leaders, activists and concerned individuals, through which community wide consensus can be achieved around what we can and must do together as a community of African American people.

The Mission of the B.U.I.L.D. of Buffalo Inc. in Buffalo, NY is the empowerment and self-determination of the black community and other communities through a unified collective struggle against the systematic problems that tear our community apart.

Organization Profile

In essence, B.U.I.L.D. of Buffalo, Inc. will be a 501(c)3 corporation that is on the leading edge of educating and training Black and other minority communities in the Western Region of New York on the need to participate vigorously in this great capitalistic society known as America. We are S.A.M. (System for Award Management) certified. 

African Americans represent an annual spending base of over $ 1.1 Trillion Dollars. B.U.I.L.D. of Buffalo realizes that if Minority Owned Businesses are to obtain "Economic Empowerment" Then we must harness much of the power of these dollars and provide unique opportunities for corporations and African American businesses to partner in creating greater opportunity for all people.

-taken from B.U.I.L.D. website on 03/28/2018

B.U.I.L.D. - Papers & Challenge to the License Renewal of WNIA & WSAY [1967-1975]

The B.U.I.L.D. files were in file cabinets in three separate offices: (1) The elected President had his office files in his office; (2) The Executive Director (Mr. Gaitor who ran the organization on a day to day basis) had his own set of files in his office; and (3) the Education Affairs Office (Mrs. Miriam Beale was responsible for all education matters) had its own set of files in that office.  Please see associated inventory for listing of files included in the collection. 

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