““Freedom, Justice and Equality for All, Love of God and Our Fellow Man; Doing All the Good We Can for Our Community," Andrew J. Smitherman (1883-1961). The Purpose of the Buffalo Empire Star is to keep the African-American community informed about past, current and future events to continue onward in the struggle for freedom, justice and equality in the spirt of the underground railroad pioneers.

About Maria Rosa

I was born in Isabela, Puerto Rico,  graduated from Maria Regina College in Syracuse, N.Y.,  SUNY College at Buffalo, University of Buffalo, and Niagara University.  I successfully defended a doctoral thesis at the University of Buffalo on the Puerto Rican bibliophile Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874-1938). The  private  book collection Schomburg had amassed about the world-wide African diaspora  served as the nucleus for establishing and developing the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, N.Y part of the New York City Public Library system.

I am a blogger. I have six blogs and working on an on-line newspaper focused on the Latino community called the Latin Journal that  Alberto O. Cappas founded in the mid-seventies on the lower West Side in Buffalo, N.Y.

My first newspaper column appeared in the Latin Journal newspaper in 1978. In 1984, I wrote a column for the Challenger Newspaper called “From the Barrio”  after I married Carl R. Allen (1955-1999) an African-American journalist I met when I worked in the Editorial Department of the Buffalo News in 1981. In the 1990s I worked for the Hispanic newspaper as a correspondent in Dunkirk, N.Y.  Today, I write for various on-line publications such as Hub Pages and Examiner.

I started the blogs last year, the first The Latin Journal Blog from the Barrio and later the Buffalo Puerto Rican Press, the Insurgent Teacher, the Emmett Till Social Justice blog.  My newest blog The Buffalo Empire Star focuses on the African-American community in the City of Buffalo and elsewhere in New York State particularly in the Western New York and Niagara region.

I was a School Attendance teacher in the Buffalo Schools until the Board of Education laid-off the Attendance teachers in 2005.  Today, I work as an urban school principal and assistant principal  substitute and certified as a NYS  School District Administrator (SDA) since 2005. My professional profile is on LinkedIn.


5 responses

  1. Sandy White

    Wonderful reading! Congrats!

    July 10, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    • saison1

      Great to hear from you, Sandy. What is going with you?

      July 11, 2010 at 7:53 am

  2. Timothy Hippert

    Por fin pude meterme a buscar uno de sus “blog”. Le habla el gringo loco de la clase de la Dra. Teresa Cajiao de Salas en Buffalo State. ¿A saber en qué se paró ella? ¡Viera cómo la he buscado! ¿Se acuerda de la visita a SUCB del poeta Clemente Soto Vélez en 1970 y tantos? ¡Qué buena tarea creativa está realizando usted! Trabajo en la Web, pero en traducción no más, pero ni he montado un solo blog. Le felicito y espero verle otra vez, tal vez de nuevo en el Lexington Coop.


    April 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm

  3. Hi! Thank you for what you are doing to raise awareness.

    I know this is short notice, but we have a similar mission and I am presenting my film in Buffalo on August 1! Would you mind spreading the word? We were featured in Diane Ravitch’s blog.

    Heal Our Schools, a teacher-produced documentary about restoring classroom control to the caring hands of teachers instead of allowing the infiltration of political profiteers, will screen on August 1 at 7:00 pm at D’Youville College, 320 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY in the Bauer Family Academic Center, Room 107. Tickets are $10, with a portion benefiting D’Youville College. Call 719-213-6850 to reserve a spot. Please share.


    Trailer: https://vimeo.com/131044039

    July 30, 2015 at 5:18 pm

  4. Hi Maria,

    I am a documentary filmmaker from California. I’m making a documentary about Cariol Horne and wanted to connect with you about photos and other info you may have. Cariol is working with me on this project. Can you please contact me?

    August 15, 2015 at 9:46 pm

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