BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — On Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m., WKBW 7 News hosted an hour-long special in its Buffalo Strong Conversations series, devoted to discussing how our community can move forward following the mass shooting at Tops on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo on May 14, 2022.
The conversation was hosted by 7 News anchors and reporters Taylor Epps and Ed Drantch, along with Jeff Russo. Panelists included:
- Dr. Eva Doyle, retired Buffalo Public Schools teacher, lecturer, and journalist
- Dean M. Lewis, a son, brother, father and grandfather whose words to 7 News' Ed Drantch while at the Jefferson Memorial sparked important and necessary conversations across Western New York
- Rahsaan DeLain, Project Coordinator for Health Equity at Community Health Center of Buffalo, doctoral candidate in counseling and counselor education
- Dr. Amy Reynolds, University at Buffalo professor and pyschologist
- Pamela Pritchett, daughter of Pearl Young, who was one of the 10 people murdered in the mass shooting at Tops on May 14
The panelists discussed how our community can move forward following the act of terror at Tops on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, while addressing issues of systemic racism. Topics included the lack of grocery stores in East Side neighborhoods, race education in our schools, lived experiences of Black people in Buffalo, and what's next.
View the discussion in its entirety in the player above.