Message from ishmael reed
Few in Buffalo know the newspaper legacy of Smitherman like Ishmael Reed who wrote for the newspaper when it was the Empire Star, leaving his own imprint that later influenced his own career both as a writer and jazz musician.
Today he is a pre-eminent African-American literary figure, writing in diverse genres from novels, books of poetry, essays to film, tv and music his works viewed as significant as Toni Morrison.
The African-American community of Buffalo and all Buffalonians have something to be talking proud in the accomplishments of Ishmael Reed, the young man who grew up in this town, left in his early twenties and made a name for himself among the literary giants of the world today. And he still calls Buffalo his home.
Mr. Reed sent a message to the Buffalo Empire Star saying that he is writing his memoirs and will share the section about Smitherman when he gets done. Check this blog for an excerpt from the memoirs of Reed about Andrew Jackson Smitherman, the founder of the Buffalo Star.