By Althea Prince
Within the culture of essayist akin to Dionne model and bell hooks, sociologist and writer Althea Prince provides us a suite of essays on Black Canadian tradition.
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In retrospect, I think that, like my Nigerian colleague, I demonstrated that a little knowledge is a bad thing. But I mention it here to underscore the observation that the word "slave" has become internalised as a shameful thing. In my view, the shame is more appropriately located in the laps of some white people, as the descendants of the people who initiated and participated in such a heinous crime against humanity. It is also clear that some African people were also engaged in the capture and sale of humans.
Fred Case, initiated and brought into being the Caribbean Studies Programme at the University of Toronto. Always, the objective of the African Canadian faculty was the inclusion of African peoples in the curriculum. This was true at both Toronto-area universities and in other social and educational institutions in the community. As students, we saw ourselves charged, as did the African Canadian faculty, with a political mission and responsibility for community. Hence, our work moved outside of the academy to include the tutoring of African Canadian children, as well as the running of a Summer Day Camp.
Another speaker gave a heartfelt paper about the need to recognise the non-fiction writing of African-Canadians. She cautioned that the exclusionary nature of the white canon ignores this writing. I appreciated it when a visiting writer/professor of African-Caribbean background voiced his concern about multiculturalism. However, multiculturalism is something that African Canadians (including those in the academy) have long put to rest, buried, and sung hymns over. ), but someone ought to have told him so that he could have been spared re-inventing this wheel.