Buffalo Criterion

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Buffalo Criterion is a historic African American newspaper published in Buffalo, New York from 1925 until 1973 and from 1978 until the present.[1] Frank E. Merriweather and his wife Camilla Merriweather were its founders and he was its publisher. [2] It is still published by the Merriweather family and is the oldest African American newspaper in Western New York.

The Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is named after one of the Merriweathers.[2] The paper's offices are located at 623 William Street in Buffalo. Frank Gist is a columnist and hosts a radio program.

The Buffalo Urban League was founded the same year as the paper. It is a weekly newspaper. It is one of several African American newspapers that has served Buffalo.[3]


The paper was based out of the Savoy Theater on William Street designed by Henry Spann.[4]


  1. ^ "The Buffalo Criterion".
  2. ^ a b "- Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System". www.buffalolib.org.
  3. ^ Kraus, Neil (9 November 2000). "Race, Neighborhoods, and Community Power: Buffalo Politics, 1934-1997". SUNY Press – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Forgotten Buffalo featuring the Sattler / Broadway Theater". www.forgottenbuffalo.com.