September 13, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at Central Library
part of a series on Muse
About the speaker
Spend thirty seconds with Rahwa Ghirmatzion and you will be compelled to make a change. Born during the civil war in Eritrea, Rahwa’s family fled the violence by walking for 16 days to safety in Sudan. They were then relocated to Western New York and eventually landed on the West Side of Buffalo where Rahwa was educated in the Public School System and started her path to activism. For more than 15 years, Rahwa has worked with community-based organizations in Western New York that promote community development. She was executive director of Ujima Company, Inc., a multi-ethnic professional theater company whose primary purpose is the preservation, perpetuation, and performance of African American theater. Rahwa was the recipient of the 2017 Community Commitment Award from VOICE Buffalo and the 2013 Community Leaders Arts Award from the National Federation for Just Communities. In 2018, Rahwa became executive director of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), a community organization that works at the grassroots level to create and implement a comprehensive revitalization plan for Buffalo’s West Side, with more than $40 million invested in affordable housing rehabilitation, weatherization, and green infrastructure. In this role, Rahwa oversees the organization’s programs and day-to-day operations, which have grown to include housing construction, solar installation, job training, and a youth center on Grant Street, as well as outreach and advocacy on public policy issues facing urban communities.
The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library consists of the downtown Central Library, eight branches in the City of Buffalo and twenty-eight facilities located on one end of Erie County to the other. There is also Library on Wheels state-of-the art bookmobile. The libraries serve as centers of information, education, culture, and entertainment for the residents of Erie County. The B&ECPL has more than 3.2 million materials - books, eBooks, DVDs, music, and more. Free library cards (traditional and eLibrary) are available to Erie County, New York residents and to those who work and/or attend school in-county. Connect with the library on your favorite social media platform and catch its podcast, All Booked Up!
Paula’s Donuts is a family-owned and -operated business that was established in 1996. Every day, their hand-cut donuts are baked fresh on the premises of their three Western New York locations: Tonawanda, Clarence, and West Seneca. With over thirty varieties of donuts and baked goods prepared the old-fashioned way, Paula’s is always made with love.
Photo from Beth Insalaco.
Photo from Beth Insalaco.
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Photo from CreativeMornings/St. Pete.