Sergio Rodriguez

Activist • Advocate • Leader

Sergio Rodriguez learned the value of honest, hard-work from his family. These values were reinforced when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, and have been at the heart of his grassroots community service. Sergio brings a fresh approach, new ideas and high energy as he serves in community organizations in the City of Buffalo.

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Symposium Discussing Brown v. Board of Education

  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library 1 Lafayette Square Buffalo, NY, 14203 United States (map)

Please join this symposium, Tuesday, July 29th from 10a.m.-2p.m. in the Buffalo Downtown Central Library, as the group discusses solutions going forward that will uphold these words.

60 years ago, the United States Supreme Court wrote the following opinion in Brown v. Board of Education:

"Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. Compulsory school attendance laws and the great expenditures for education both demonstrate our recognition of the importance of education to our democratic society. It is required in the performance of our most basic public responsibilities, even service in the armed forces. It is the very foundation of good citizenship. Today it is a principle instrument in awakening the child to cultural values, in preparing him for later professional training and in helping him adjust normally to his environment. In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is deprived the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, it is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms." 

These words are as relevant today as they were then.

Expected participants: Representatives from Governor Cuomo's and Mayor Brown's office, Senator Grisanti, who will also be sending representatives, Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, B.U.I.L.D., PUSH, District Parents Coordinating Committee (DPCC), BPTO, Frank Mesiah, President –Buffalo NAACP, Professors, Taylor & Durand (Univ.Buffalo-Urban Affairs), Sergio Rodriguez (President of Los Tainos Senior Citizens Center), Buffalo Stop The Violence Coalition, Dr. Barbara Nevergold, past President of the Buffalo School Board and the present newly elected, Member-at-Large to name a few. A Special Counsel-Education, from the New York City office of the NAACP/Legal Defense Fund, the organization whose lead Attorney argued  and won the “Brown” case before the Supreme Court, will be also be participating.

If you require any additional information, or if you have any questions, please contact Joan Simmons at 716 289-1234 or