William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations

William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations

Posted on November 28 by Adrienne Shadd
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On November 25, 2009 Dundurn Author Adriaenne Shadd was recognized for her efforts to build a city where everyone can participate fully in the social, cultural, economic, recreational and political life of Toronto. Established in 1989, this Award was named in honour of one of Toronto's first African-Canadian Councillors – William P. Hubbard – who was first elected in 1894. The City gives this Award to a person or persons whose outstanding achievement and commitment has fostered a positive race relations environment in Toronto and has encouraged others to become actively involved in the elimination of racism and prejudice. Adrienne Shadd has been a major contributor to Toronto in the field of race relations for more than two decades. Her work as a curator and historian of numerous exhibits in Toronto, Hamilton, Chatham, and Dresden has been noteworthy and her record of leadership in heritage research and preservation is exemplary. Her record in African Canadian arts organizations has also been fulfilling and contributory to many important projects. With Afua Cooper and Karolyn Smardz Frost, Adrienne co-authored The Underground Railroad: Next Stop, Toronto, the only book ever published on Toronto’s Black history. From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Shadd, Drs. Cooper and Smardz Frost again collaborated on a research project for Parks Canada’s landmark exhibit, the Underground Railroad: Next Stop, Freedom, which launched at the Royal Ontario Museum. Over the last 15 years, Adrienne has co-authored and co-edited four books on Black History and race, ethnicity and language. In 2010, her book Journey from Tollgate to Parkway: African Canadians in Hamilton will be published by Dundurn Press. She has received awards and grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council, the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, Multiculturalism and Citizenship Canada, and the Ontario Heritage Foundation. For more information, visit: http://www.toronto.ca/civicawards/index.htm
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