Rachel Zellars is an African-American academic, lawyer, and community organizer who has lived in Canada for more than a decade and a half, and in Halifax for the last couple of years. Wendie Wilson is an African Nova Scotian teacher, artist, writer, and community advocate whose family has been in the province for at least eight generations. Scott Neigh interviews them about the African Nova Scotian Freedom School that they were part of organizing this past summer.
Wayne Desmond: “The idea of Black spaces and the need for inclusive education have always been important to me. Why is it that it wasn’t until I went to university that I began to feel fully validated as a Black learner?”
As public debate rages about public space and memorialization, this is a chance to come and walk through the history together.
27 years ago the federal NDP snubbed Lynn Jones and the African Nova Scotian community, and today leader Jagmeet SIngh came to the North End public library to apologize for that slight on behalf of his party.
Thandiwe McCarty reflects on an exhibit of New Brunswick’s unsung Black heroes, people who excelled in many fields, the arts, academia, business and entertainment. How come I never heard of these people until now, he asks.
This weekend’s video is Black Mother, Black Daughter, by the amazing poet, artist, historian and filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton.
Raymond Sheppard on the rich history of survival and mutual aid that marked life in African Nova Scotian communities through the ages.
In 1989, MSVU Art Gallery, the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, and the Africville Genealogical Society collaborated on the exhibition Africville: A Spirit That Lives On. Today, on the 30th anniversary of the exhibition, the collaborators have reunited and are joined by the Africville Museum, to create a project looking back at the original exhibition and take the opportunity to reflect on what has happened since.
Raymond Sheppard: Sisters and brothers of African descent, your struggle has been long and difficult and some of you have are no longer active participants in this struggle. To you I say, it is time to come “Black Home”.
“To be Black and queer is to be a danger to the world, and I think that is beautiful.” Check out the trailer, than come to to the screening and panel discussion on Sunday July 21, at the North End Library.