A leading civil rights leader in Buffalo has died. Frank Mesiah, the long-time president of the Buffalo chapter of the NAACP, died Friday night at Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 89.
Mesiah led the local chapter for more than 20 years. He was also a police officer, teacher and even once ran for the State Senate.
Most of all, Mesiah was a forceful voice against racism. He was among those who called for last year’s ouster of Carl Paladino from the Buffalo Board of Education after Paladino engaged in some tasteless humor involving former President Barack Obama.
Mayor Byron Brown said the “positive impact” Mesiah made on the city of Buffalo will never be forgotten.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Mesiah was “a voice of compassion and equality for all.”