Seeing symbols like these around my city day in and day out would be greatly offensive to me and my heritage. Knowing what my ancestors had to go through and how they were treated for centuries and then to see these monuments would be a grave insult to my sense of identity as a black woman.… Read More History or Hate? The Confederate Statues of New Orleans
As I reflect back on BHM 2017, I am humbled to see so many people responding positively to what is really another facet of Canadian history and the Canadian experience. I have said it before and I will say it again, BHM is a time to honour the achievements and excellence of a black people who have risen and keeps on rising above the previous and, more importantly, current degradation.… Read More Black History Month 2017: Reflections
Some days it doesn’t feel like enough. In fact, a lot of days it feels like the little things I do aren’t enough to make any difference at all. But if none of us do anything because all of us feel like it’s not enough, then nothing will ever get better. We need EVERYBODY to play a part: liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, independent… EVERYBODY. If we ALL do what we can, I promise we can have #ABetterNextYear.… Read More 2017: “But what can we do?!”
If you’re like me, you’ve heard of Kwanzaa, have some ideas about what it might be (but actually have no idea). Hopefully we can fix that today! After a very short intro to Kwanzaa, there will be links to some of Channon’s and my favorite videos of African culture, dancing, and music. We will be posting… Read More Kwanzaa & the Celebration of African Culture
Whether it’s 1956 or 2016, the influence behind peacefully protesting is powerful! There is just something magical that happens when people can unite and become one, with one voice, one mindset and one goal. There is power that arises when people join together and make their concerns heard to those in positions of influence.… Read More The Power of Peaceful Protest
“We should emphasize not Negro history, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.” – Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month … Read More Black History Still Matters!
“Perhaps most importantly, we desperately need stories about rebellion to remind us that moral appeals and reform movements were not enough to end slavery. Slavery was an economic, political, and social institution with deep, powerful roots, and those who benefited from it were not going to let it go without a fight. Ultimately, we need a film to remind us that there were people who loved themselves and the black community enough to risk their lives to destroy a corrupt and oppressive system.” – Leslie M. Alexander… Read More The Birth of a Nation and the Legacy of Nat Turner’s Rebellion