Niagara Falls school named after local civil rights leader

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) — It’s not often that history is written.

At Niagara Falls on Tuesday, it was just that. Story.

It has been 50 years since the Niagara Falls City School District last renamed another school within the district. From now on, Niagara Street Elementary School will henceforth be known as Bloneva Bond Elementary School.

Prior to his passing, Bond was so active in upstate New York.

  • Member of the School Board of the Niagara Falls School District (1979-1984)
  • civil rights activist
  • Founder and founding member of the New York State Community Action Program (NYCAP)
  • Volunteer with Niagara Coalition, Council of Christians and Jews, United Way of Niagara and Niagara Falls Council of Churches and People for Progress
  • Member of the New York State Board of Health and Health Planning Commission.
  • Niagara Falls Bicentennial Committee Task Force Member
  • Member of the Minority Task Force at the Niagara Chapter of the American Red Cross

It all started as a school name change project that began nearly a year ago. A local organization, Men Standing Strong Together called for the name change and asked the board to name the school after a black leader.

Now, Bond’s contributions to Western New York will live on for generations.

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