This year I decided to create a new display for Black History Month. For the last few years I’ve put up a display featuring the Harlem Renaissance with the emphasis being on the creative artistic explosion that occurred in the 1920s and 30s. But this year is different. The election of Donald Trump in the US has everyone angry and afraid of how his words and actions may influence American society and its political institutions. The Black Lives Matter movement, Standing Rock protest and Women’s March have inspired and galvanized citizens to be active in protecting their rights and freedoms against the injustice of institutionalized racism and sexism, as well as the valuing of profits over environmental protection. Our display simply says, ‘freedom’ to remind us that freedom is seldom something given, but fought for – often at a great cost in human lives.
I came across a wonderful blog, Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad in an online article from the CBC describing Casey Palmer’s project for Black History Month where he features one interview with artistic Black Canadians for every day in February :
“Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing Their Stories in a Digital Age is a project to showcase my fellow Black content creators across the nation in a month that should encourage us to really examine what it means to be Black in Canada and everything we can learn from our experiences. With 2.9% of the Canadian population made up of Black people, it’s meant to highlight the diversity of creators we have in our community!”