By Althea Prince
Within the culture of essayist corresponding to Dionne model and bell hooks, sociologist and writer Althea Prince offers us a set of essays on Black Canadian tradition.
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The alreadyestablished African Canadian community and the African Canadian faculty provided leadership and historical grounding. Horace Campbell, a former York University student and, at the time, a graduate student at the University of Toronto, is to be credited with the creation of the Black Students' Union at the University of Toronto and the Black People's Movement at York University. He also initiated the Transitional Year Programme at the University of Toronto and the Black Education Project, an after-school tutoring programme for Being Black — 57 African Canadian children.
It is also clear that some African people were also engaged in the capture and sale of humans. There is shared blame and shared shame. Shame by itself, however, is not a legitimate form of social action; redress is a much more appropriate act at this time in our history. " It is worth the extra effort to me. For in carrying out the tangible overriding of a non-racial category, I feel as if I am doing some sort of cleansing, some shedding of damaging psychological baggage. When I reclaim my race by name, I embrace much more than the name: I reclaim the real Africa in me, connected to those who went before me, those who enabled my being here.
This kind of collective consciousness went into the development of after-school tutoring programs (The Black Education Project), cultural programs (the Afro-Caribbean Theatre Workshop; the Chissemba Chiyuka Dancers; the Harriet Tubman Programme; the Black Library; the Afro-American Progressive Association), and lobbying for anti-racist school curricula and other social and political action. In addition, many of us made connections with long-established African Canadians, the majority of whom had been immigrants here since the 1920s.