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Women’s Recognition Day at El Buen Amigo

Celeste Lawson

Sunday, March 28: Women’s Recognition Day at El Buen Amigo

Prior to 1970s, women and their successes were not typical topics of conversation. It was not until 1978 that the Education Task Force for the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women in California started a National Women’s week. The week was to coincide with International Women’s Day, March 8.

In 1987, the National Women’s History Project appealed to Congress to have a full month dedicated to women’s history instead of having one week. Ever since then, Women’s History Month has been the month of March with co-support of both the House and the Senate.

Locally El Buen Amigo has been supporting Women’s History Month. El Buen Amigo is a store that specializes in fair trade goods such as crafts, clothing and coffee. All goods are directly from artisans and farmers in Latin America.

The events that have taken place at El Buen Amigo have all recognized the accomplishments of women.  Karim Amin, a Buffalo native, presented “Prisoners Are People Too!” March 14. El Buen Amigo also featured pianist and vocalist Sherrie Morris, jazz vocalist Susan Peters and vocalist Kahdijah Tall from the Eastman School of Music.

On Sunday (March 28), El Buen Amigo will sponsor another event. Women’s Recognition Day will be paying tribute to three women, Celeste Lawson, Alicia Granto and Lourdes Iglesias. Lawson is the former executive director of the Arts Council for Erie County. Granto, academic advisor at SUNY Buffalo, is active with the Hispanic community in Buffalo. She is on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Women’s League. Iglesias is the Director for Hispanics United of Buffalo.

The event will take place from 2 – 5 p.m. at El Buen Amigo, 114 Elmwood Ave. A $5 donation will be collected. All the money will benefit the victims of the disaster in Haiti.

—samantha mcdonnell


  • Sophia

    It would be nice if Karima Amin’s name was spelled correctly – her organization is an integral part of Buffalo-based activism.