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Raymond Sheppard: African Nova Scotians dream of equality and justice

Erasing barriers that limit African Nova Scotians will improve their quality of life and enhance Nova Scotia.

To borrow a few words of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., I have a dream, deeply rooted in the Nova Scotian experience.

I have a dream that one day soon African Nova Scotians will be able to access programs and services that match their unique heritage, culture and lineage.

I have a dream that Nova Scotia will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “Equality and justice for all.” I have a dream that one day all across Nova Scotia Africans will be afforded the same respect that is taken for granted by others until death do us part.

I have a dream that one day the oppression of my people will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my family will one day live in a province where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have this dream today.  

Presently, the dream is a nightmare where African Nova Scotians are besieged with injustices in the criminal justice system, employment, housing, entertainment, media, etc.

I have a dream that one day the enormous contributions African Nova Scotians have made to Nova Scotia will be recognized, appreciated and duly recorded.

I have a dream that one day the quality of life of African Nova Scotians will be a true Quality of Life.


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