Niagara Gazette — Rice also saw both Andrew Walker and Charles Walker elected as the city’s first black city council member, he died before he could see Byron Brown becoming the first African-American NYS senator elected outside of NYC and Antoine Thompson as his successor. However, Rice saw neither the election of eventual Governor David Paterson, nor Barack Obama as president; nor the elections of school board member Kevin Dobbs, nor council member Robert Anderson or County Legislator Owen Steed.
And as Rice looked about that early 1980s table, just a few seats from where he and I sat, he could see Lora Allen sitting there and serving her term on the Niagara Falls Human Rights Commission. Sadly, he died before he could see her sitting at her desk as a Niagara County Elections Commissioner. But with more people like you and Allen, we all should see a brighter, fairer future, shouldn’t we?Contact Ken Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org.