Black History

Category: Black History

Remembering and Celebrating Black History Month

Posted on February 8 by Kyle in News

February is Black History month. It is a time when we celebrate the people of African descent who have helped and contributed to make the world the amazing place that it is today. Black History month is most often talked about when you are a student, and it’s where you learn about courageous people like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chinua Achebe, and Buddy Guy to name only a few. It’s where you learn about slavery, about civil rights, and about racism.

Black history is something that surrounded me every day as a youth. I grew up in North Buxton, a mostly black town in southwestern Ontario that was a popular destination for slaves escaping from the southern U.S. via the Underground Railroad. The original one-room schoolhouse from the Elgin Settlement still stands near the center of town. I can recall one year, during Black History Month, my class at the mostly white school I attended in nearby Merlin had arranged to visit North Buxton on a field trip.

Austin Clarke's Essential Tunes

Posted on February 23 by Kyle in News

Novelist, poet, teacher, and Giller Prize-winner Austin Clarke was a young man during golden age of jazz and a witness to some live performances that today’s music aficionado can only dream of. But we can offer you the next best thing: a select playlist of some of Austin Clarke’s favourite songs (or, in one case, an entire album).

A Walk In The Park

Posted on February 4 by Jael Ealey Richardson in News

I often spend some portion of the winter holidays down south. My parents and my extended family are American, after all. But this year was the first time I took part in Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations.

In America, MLK Day is a national holiday—an entire day dedicated to a man who led peaceful marches and made bold, culture-changing declarations.