“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat It.” – George Santayana
Black History in North America is often taught in the context of the civil rights movement in the United States. In discussions of Canadian Black history, it is often limited to discussions about the Martimes (Africville in Halifax). Black History in Alberta is largely ignored and forgetton in mainstream discourse and education. This is unfortunate, as Black history in Alberta is rich and full of stories of determination, struggle, and resistance. It is therefore important to learn and celebrate this history in order to understand the rise of contemporary publicized racist incidents in Edmonton and Alberta. In addition, we need this history to understand why groups such as Black Lives Matter and Make It Awkward are relevant more than ever in our society.
In collaboration with Black Lives Matter Edmonton & Area chapter, this interactive session will explore Alberta’s Black history through personal stories of Black Albertans. Some examples will include:
Dave Mills (A’pikanisstumi’k) – A half Black-Blackfoot interpreter who lived in Alberta during the late 1800s.
Charles Daniels – An Black Albertan who refused to sit in the coloured only area of his local theatre in 1911. He later sued for damages and won.
Violet King – The first Black female lawyer in Canada.
This session is not designed to be a lecture. A majority of the session will be around structured dialogue and activities that will explore Black history and why it matters to Alberta.
Facilitator Bashir Mohamed is in his final semester at the University of Alberta and a member of Black Lives Matter Edmonton. Recently, he has been pursuing a project on the history of Black settlers in Alberta and the impact they had and continue to have on the province.
Accessibility: Sharing plates of Injera will be provided for folks. We also have BUS TICKETS 🙂