Several women’s groups are organizing a rally Thursday in support of embattled Buffalo School Superintendent Pamela C. Brown.
“We said, ‘You know what, let’s just do a rally and show Dr. Brown that there’s still support for her in the community, and that support has not wavered,’” said Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, founder of We Are Women Warriors. “She’s just been put in an unfortunate situation, where the negative publicity has overshadowed all of the good work that she and the Board of Education are trying to do.”
The rally, planned for 5:30 p.m. Thursday on the steps of City Hall, is meant as a show of moral and emotional support for Brown, Grant said.
Ever since maverick board member Carl Paladino abruptly agreed to delay his resolution seeking the dismissal of Superintendent Brown last week, speculation has grown regarding Brown’s future.
A flier promoting the rally asks for 1,000 supporters so show up Thursday. It further states: “Dr. Pamela Brown is being chased away from the Buffalo Public Schools & We simply will not allow this to happen!”
Grant said the rally is being organized by We Are Women Warriors, Women of Worth and WOMEN (Women Organized to Mentor, Educate and Nurture).
All three organizations primarily include women, African-American professionals, community activists, pastors and parents, Grant said.
Many members of these organizations also belong to organizations like the NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and Citizen Action.
The idea for the rally developed over the weekend after Grant said she had a conversation with Brown on Thursday while both were attending a community event.
“I asked her how she was doing,” Grant said. “She just looked sad.”
Brown unveiled the district’s five-year strategic plan to improve Buffalo schools at the School Board’s Aug. 21 meeting. It gained board approval the same night, contrary to original plans to share the document with the broader community before presenting a final document to the board.
With the plan already approved, however, the district is holding four community forums to share and discuss the strategic plan. The first will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Discovery School 67, 911 Abbott Road.