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Proposal would rename section of Ninth Street for organizer, advocate

A proposal to rename a section of Ninth Street after an education and civil rights advocate and organizer will come before Niagara Falls lawmakers next week.

The City Council will consider renaming Ninth between Depot and Garden avenues Bloneva Bond Street after the woman who was the second of only four African-Americans to serve on the city School Board.

Bond was also a founding and charter member of the New York State Community Action Program Board of Directors, a member of the Niagara Coalition, the National Council of Christians and Jews (now called the National Council for Community and Justice), the United Way of Niagara central budget committee, the Niagara Community Center scholarship committee, the Congress of Racial Equality, the Niagara Falls Council of Churches, the People for Progress Committee, the Niagara Chapter of the American Red Cross minority task force and the Niagara Falls Centennial Committee, according to the resolution before the City Council.

Bond died in 2004.

A public hearing on the proposal will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the start of the Council meeting in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.


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