Katherine Massey, Victim Of Buffalo Massacre, Remembered As Freedom Fighter


Investigators stand outside during a moment of silence for the victims of the Buffalo supermarket shooting outside the Tops Friendly Market on Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. Tops was encouraging people to join its stores in a moment of silence to honor the shooting victims Saturday at 2:30 p.m., the approximate time of the attack a week earlier. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown also called for 123 seconds of silence from 2:28 p.m. to 2:31 p.m., followed by the ringing of church bells 13 times throughout the city to honor the 10 people killed and three wounded. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
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Funeral services were held Monday for Katherine “Kat” Massey, another victim of the Buffalo mass shooting. AURN spoke with Dr. Ben Chavis, president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, who at the time of our interview was headed to the funeral.

“I’m in Buffalo, New York. I’ll be speaking at the funeral. Katherine Massey was 72 years old. She had worked for the Buffalo Challenger Community News, which is a Black-owned newspaper and a member of the NNPA in Buffalo, New York, for the last 30 years. She was a dedicated public servant, excellent journalist, a freedom-fighting sister,” Dr. Chavis said.

“These white supremacist shootings of Black people needs to come to an end, and they cannot let lynchings or tragedies or racist murders…make us pause. And, if anything, we need to accelerate our demands for freedom, justice, and equality. This is the midterm elections, we’ve got to get out to vote… White supremacy is on the ballot. If you don’t vote, then you let white supremacy take over America.”

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