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Uncrowned King Honoree Recounts Civil Rights Work in Buffalo

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – There was no crown for Luther when he was born in 1927 to Minnie and Ellis Burnette. He was the youngest of six children born to the couple on a small farm in rural Arkansas. They lost the farm when the depression came. Then, when Luther was barely three, his father died. Still, Burnette says his mother taught him that being poor didn't mean living without dignity.

Burnette went on to become one of Buffalo's leading civil rights activists.

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