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   MAGAZINE                              Take One  ...
Take One
Conflicts are part of life          believe our community is            entrenched that they stop
 We experience ...
Letter to my daughter
Letter to my daughter,
Sometimes I have to step back and marvel at the wonder I produced in you, my ...
Margaret Strachan - Fearless Community Leader
 The foremost thing on Margaret
                                            ...
Community in Action
                              The Council of Caribbean           -The stakeholders are the member
    ...
Margaret.. cont’d from p/5                                                  global counselor cont’d from p4
              ...
Strangers in a strange land
                   What does          problems of accreditation of       of newcomers and what...
Renowned Jamaican-Canadian Author visits Winnipeg to promote latest book
Olive Senior was in Winnipeg during February to p...
Guyanese Pride                   Bright Lights                       A young
                                  of Washingt...
ACCESS TO JUSTICE
        Human Rights Activists Win
                                          Congratulations
           ...
Volunteer make the difference at ACAM’s Job Fair Each Year
Travis Hodges was one of the                                   ...
NICCOM honours its youths with Scholarship Awards
                  The Nigerian Canadian Community organization (NICCOM) ...
Spinach with Garlic and
Pine Nuts Makes 2 (3/4-                  Jicama and Bean Salad
cup) servings
                     ...
Congress of Black Women Promotes Arts
                     and Culture
                                      research rega...
Workers of Colour Support Network delivers
      the history in Black History Month
Professor Sefa Dei, the               ...
LETTER TO MY NEPHEW                                               A Role Model
                                           ...
Horace Patterson Foundation has a friend in Steve Kirby Jazz Professor
Professor Kirby and some of the         He said Jaz...
How about you?
by Sam Dixon, Winnipeg Writer
                                                            Do you know many ...
Father Canon Falconer:             Immanuel Peterson Jazz Pianist       with the Afro-Caribbean
 Blacks Need to be        ...
Connecting the Generations Black History 2010
  The Council for Caribbean          started out life in Winnipeg in a     a...
Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama’s Other Ancestors
                                        “What did you think you ...
continued from p22
the African American Civil Rights Movement from 1954-1965              The death of MLK threw off
that ...
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  1. 1. global eyes Magazine Issue No. 1 May-June 2010 Margaret Strachan, President of the Council of Caribbean Organizations of Manitoba, Inc. along with members of the Caribbean Community fights to keep their Community Centre alive. INSIDE: Regulars - Global counsellor, Letter to my Daughter, Gaffing with Buddy
  2. 2. GLOBAL EYES Contents MAGAZINE Take One Page 3 Global Eyes Magazine aims at Letter to my daughter promoting cultural diversity with particular focus on Black and Global Counsellor page 4 Caribbean cultural identities to create greater understanding Feature Margaret Strachan page 6 between these cultures and the Community in Action page 5 larger cultural communities. Global Eyes Magazine is Strangers in a Strange Land page 8 published four times a year by Global Eyes Publishing , 671 Bright lights page10 Rathgar Avenue, Winnipeg, Mani- Gaffing wid Buddy page26 toba, R3L 1G6, Canada. It is prepared under the direction Zizi continuing story page27 of an Editorial Committee. Subscription is available for Caribbean Shield’s page29 $15.00 a year. Each issue will be tribute to a Godmother delivered to your door. Global Eyes Magazine wel- BHM pictorial page33 comes news, letters, art and free- lance articles of interest. Community Awards of Excellence page34 Payments can be made in either Canadian or American funds Promised Land page 36 payable to Global Eyes Magazine 671 Rathgar Avenue In your backyard page 37 Winnipeg, Manitoba Global Briefs R3L 1G6 email: globaleyes@mts.net Local Briefs page 39 Subscription Form Name: We cannot change the past, but Address: “The civil rights we can change our attitude movement didn’t begin toward it. Uproot guilt and plant Postal Code: in Montgomery and it forgiveness. Tear out arrogance didn’t end in the 1960s. and seed humility. Exchange Tel: Email: It continues on to this love for hate — thereby, making Payment/donation enclosed very minute.” the present comfortable and the ($___________) — Julian Bond future promising.” — Maya Angelou Thank You. Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 2
  3. 3. Take One Conflicts are part of life believe our community is entrenched that they stop We experience conflicts in experiencing what is known as hearing or listening to each our homes, in churches, and in interest conflicts. Everyone other. It is at this time our communities. We have to agrees that the community professional intervention embrace conflicts like a good needs a centre for its members would be most productive. teacher. We grow backward or to congregate and call their Someone neutral who can blossom in our human fullness own. The stakeholders all have bring clarity to underlying through conflicts. an interest in building up the interests and positionsof both Many people have a negative community through its centre parties and help work through view of conflicts and try to and desire that it be open to all differences. The community is avoid conflicts at all cost. Caribbean people regardless of counting on leadership from Some would rather disengage, colour, race, creed or political its leaders. give up their fight rather than beliefs. There are some confront someone who does differences on who is best not see a particular situation in qualified to own and run the President Obama the same way. The test centre. What difference it would Tears up at funeral make whether the Centre is whether a conflict is good or independently owned or remain of Civil Rights bad rests on how it is resolved. How we handle conflicts reflect under CCOM’s umbrella, the Leader on our level of maturity. organization that founded this Sometimes we resolve conflicts Centre? What is it that the with a hug and a kiss as Centre Committee would want happens in families. At times a to be effective that they are kiss would not do and we need prevented from doing under the professional intervention. current ownership? Was there When there are conflicts in a too much control, micro- community, it is a sign that the managing that stymied the community is engaged, Building Committee’s creativity growing and evolving to a and initiative? What is the root higher level of problem of the problem or miscom- munication, misunderstanding? Tears streaming down his solving. Whenever problems What the various parties/ cheeks, grief overcame Barack are resolved the community moves to a higher level of stakeholders need to do is to de- Obama at the funeral of the organizational consciousness. emphasise positions, get egos woman he called the Life is not meant to be one out of the way, seek and offer ‘Godmother’ of the American long journey of peaceful bliss. information about motivations, civil rights movement Dr. There will be bumps and these fears, and goals underlying each Dorothy Height recently. give us the opportunity to see resistance to the community’s The U.S. president was a problem from perspectives preference and to collaborate weeping openly as he watched other than our own. and compromise to accommodate differences. the service for Ms Height in The Caribbean community is The Caribbean community, like Washington DC. experiencing such a bump in the road. It is an opportunity most communities, has its share He delivered the eulogy for to come together and work of conflicts and the mature thing Dr Height, whose activisim towards a solution and move to do is to bring the differing stretched from the New Deal the community to a higher parties to face each other and right up until Mr Obama’s level. Walking away will not resolve these conflicts. In most election as the first African do that and will not model cases when conflicts emerge the American president of the effective community parties interest may be similar United States. organizing for our youths. I but their positions become so Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 3
  4. 4. Letter to my daughter Letter to my daughter, Sometimes I have to step back and marvel at the wonder I produced in you, my daughter. You are so much into your life and living it consciously and with such grace; it is such a pleasure to watch you continue to blossom into yourself. In spite of all you’ve gone through you have been true to yourself. I watch you grow more confident in your life and taking what life throws at you and see what you can take from it and move on without bitterness and regret. Life is like a road we journey upon. It is certain that we will encounter potholes, storms, rainy days and nights. How we react to and deal with those setbacks are important. We have to dust ourselves off, side-step the potholes or grab an umbrella and keep moving on. It is futile to look for someone to blame for our problems because in the final analysis the problems we face are our own doing and they come into our lives to teach us one of life’s lessons. From your actions I know get this. You do not mope around feeling sorry for yourself. Grudges weigh us down, keep us back and are a blithe to our own lives not to those we direct our grudges against. Please remember that another person’s experience can never replace your own. Our purpose in this world is not to live a problem free life but to work through the lessons of life. Only when we experience something can be truly say we understand it. Unless you experience the burn of a fire, you can only imagine what it is to be burnt but it is not something you can claim to know. I urge you to live with the excitement of new challenges that may come your way because we are here to learn and become experts in our own lives. When we are experts in our lives, our purpose will become clear and with that clarity life will he like a cool summer breeze against your cheek. Love, mom. Global Counsellor Dear frustrated Dear global counselor, Then they would say why can’t First of all you are not a bad I am a 20 years old Nigerian I be like this or that person person and second of all I think girl living with my parents. I who is living at home with if you feel that moving out on have a job and making a good their parents and I tell them your own will create a more living. I told my parents that I that I am not that person I am harmonious relationship with would like to rent my own me and I might have a different your parents it is worth apartment because I need my opinion. My father would say considering. independence and I want to that he regrets the day he Most newcomer parents want maintain a good relationship brought me to Canada and if he to keep their children straddled with them. We fight all the had his way he would send me in two worlds because it is time whenever I have to go back there. I love my parents comfortable for them. Often out. I feel nervous every time I but hate their attitude. I can’t they do not think what their go out with my friends because live with them because I can’t expectations might be doing to I worry all the time about what live as if I am in Nigeria. I am their children. They feel they my parents are thinking and in Canada now and they have are doing the right thing. The whether they are sitting up to try and adjust. Do you think right thing for them and not the waiting for me to come home. I that I am ungrateful and a bad children. All that they are can’t enjoy myself. My person? parents said this is not their trying to protect is their pride - Frustrated what will people say about way that back home in Nigeria a girl leaves home when she is them. In other words they also married and I am looking to are also are controlled by the disgrace the family name. cont’d on p7 Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 4
  5. 5. Margaret Strachan - Fearless Community Leader The foremost thing on Margaret took course to qualify for Strachan’s mind is holding on to Administrative work and later as a the Caribbean Cultural Centre for Nurse’s Aid before finally able to the benefit of the Caribbean and return to University in 1981 to be the community at large. pursue her first love, teaching. Four-time President of the “When I arrived there was no Council for the Caribbean adult education. You needed a Organizations of Manitoba, Inc. grade 12 education to go to (CCOM) Margaret appears university and my qualification never to tire when it comes to was like a grade 11 education. working for the Caribbean Margaret recently retired from community, be it at Folklorama, teaching at Gordon Bell High Chairing the Grenadian Cultural School but continues to be a Organization, or chairing the Substitute teacher. Building committee, she goes part of what she is doing. When “I believe in education and this night and day working for the her children were younger, she one of the reasons I am benefit of her community. was the dance teacher of the passionate about volunteering my Recipient of the Long Term Grenadian Association. I am time to help give our youths the Service Award from the fortunate to have a husband who support they need to succeed.” Grenadian Association, Manitoba is always there beside me in my A founding member of Volunteer Award and Award from community work. Folklorama Committee, Margaret the Organization of Eastern “We spend enjoyable evenings said that Folklorama is one of the Caribbean States, it is surprising at Caribbean events such as successes that CCOM could that the Black History Month Banquets, Teas and socials. I feel boast about. Community Service Award has at home and happy when I am The purpose of CCOM was to overlooked one of the hardest with the larger Caribbean unite the Caribbean communities working members of the community,” she said. to work together and support Caribbean Community who is Margaret and her husband each other for the benefit of the well respected in the larger were one the earliest Caribbean larger community. “In the past community as well. immigrants to Winnipeg. They many of the functions were held at Margaret Strachan is a woman of arrived in 1968. the same time and that was not substance in the Caribbean Asked why Winnipeg and good for fundraising. Through community she stands up to the not Toronto, Vancouver or CCOM, communities we toughest in our midst and speaks her Montreal where new immigrants developed a system to ensure that truth, sometimes to the chagrin of liked to settle, she said matter- events were reasonably those who might want to silence her. of-factly “Immigration sent us coordinated so there were not so “Someone has to stand up to here. We came as landed many clashes.” make things happen. In my heart immigrants and they sent us “Another CCOM’s success is I know that what I am doing I can where they needed people.” the ability for us to present a account for and that I do not do It was relatively easy to united front to government and anything for Awards or my own migrate to Canada in those days other leaders in the interest of the benefit but for the benefit of the but the issue of foreign credential Caribbean community. community, that’s what is in my accreditation was an issue Through CCOM, it was easy heart,” she said in earnest. immigrants wrestled with even in to mobilize Caribbean-Canadian A wife and a mother of two those days, she said. teachers to meet the teachers who successful children, Margaret said A qualified teacher of nine came up from the Caribbean to that throughout raising her family years when she arrived in meet them, so yes, I would say she has been involved but has Canada, Margaret’s teaching we have had many successes”. managed not to neglect her family certificate was not accepted. She because they had always been cont’d on p6 Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 5
  6. 6. Community in Action The Council of Caribbean -The stakeholders are the member Organizations of Manitoba organizations and owners of the (CCOM), the umbrella building. organization of the Caribbean -A Building Committee was struck to manage the building Islands’ cultural organizations, -As a fund raising strategy CCOM held meeting during Black created a separate charitable History Month to discuss the organization Caribbean Community future of their Cultural Centre Cultural Centre Inc. on 1100 Fife Street which they -Centre Inc. could provide charitable acquired in 2008. receipts to encourage individual The Centre has faced some donation. financial setbacks due to current economic setbacks among -This organization later believed it other reason, no funding forthcoming from the government was independent of CCOM and was among other reasons. The Centre was up for sale and had the owner of the Centre received an offer of purchase from a local business. This -The Centre fell behind in its required CCOM to find another space for its members payments and saw no way to go which it did. However the offer of purchase was suddently forward withdrawn leaving the organization in the predicament of -The Management Committee put the having to put out dollars to rent another space while building up for sale without having to deal with the mortgage on the current building. consulting CCOM In true community spirit the Caribbean people and -This was later found to be organizations came to the rescue of CCOM and helped to unconstitutional as the building did bail it out of that mess. The organization managed to not belong to the Community Centre. sublet the rented space and is now focused on finding ways -At a meeting of the stakeholders, the to keep the current Centre functional and solvent. decision was made to sell. An offer An interim management committee headed by Margaret was made, CCOM accepted, they Strachan, CCOM’s Chair, has been struck to deal with the prepared to move, got a place and emergency situation. An election will be held at a later date then the offer of sale was rescinded. to put a permanent Committee in place. CCOM was left holding the bag. They The community members present praised the efforts of now had two buildings to pay for. Margaret Strachan, to keep the Centre open. Luckily, they found an organization to The meeting resolved to develop an aggressive plan to keep sublet the new place. the Centre as the pride of the Caribbean organizations. The Community appears to recommit The organization has made an open call for more volunteers to keeping the building. They need to get involved, especially young people who are the future of your help and support. Without the the community. The organization plans to hold monthly full support of the Caribbean socials and is open to ideas from community members on community the centre will be in innovative fundraising ideas. To date two socials, a concert jeopardy. and a Fish-fry Friday were held. Margaret provided a historical timeline of CCOM and answered questions from community members who invested in the building. Historical time-line CCOM -1981 - A liaison group was formed to represent the Caribbean Community Organizations -20 years ago CCOM joined Folklorama - it established Folklorama Management Committee to run the Pavilion -2008 CCOM bought the building at 1100 Fife Street Participants at the meeting Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 6
  7. 7. Margaret.. cont’d from p/5 global counselor cont’d from p4 all are on board but I hope in community. You can surprise The one thing that CCOM has time we will be able to work out not been able to do is to your parents by being a our differences” Margaret said. convince the cultural organizations responsible person should you A few of the communities to hold one banquet instead of move out. Conduct yourself have been noticeably absent each community holding its own. in a manner that would make from the community fora that Not only would this be a great them respect your choice. I were called to discuss the future fundraising event for CCOM but of the Centre. However since think that being responsible it would bring the community we live in a democratic country, enough to hold down a job at closer together Margaret said the people have spoken and the 20 and willing to support your adding “I hope that one day the votes are in favour of letting the independence should be communities would see the organization remain under the wisdom of this recommendation applauded. Although I must CCOM’s umbrella where it started and make it happen for the good warn you not to burn any rather than being owned by an of the Caribbean community.” bridges because jobs come newly formed independent Asked how she felt about the and go but parents room and organization. The future is still to future of CCOM and whether board services are always be written. she becomes discouraged at open and generally offered times, “I feel very optimistic about the future of our freely. So show your parents community because I have the the respect they deserve and support of the community in what try to put yourself in their we are trying to accomplish. Not shoes. Participants at Black History Month event Petty Officer Andre Sheppard and his display (l) Mr. Oliver and Evelyn Gardner, Mavis McLaren performing folk Larry Strachan encourages song (l) and Joy Bissoon reading a folk tale (far l) appreciation for classical music Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 7
  8. 8. Strangers in a strange land What does problems of accreditation of of newcomers and what home mean to foreign credentials which makes strangers in a new land you? Does it caused her parents who were feel at home in Canada. mean a teachers in Hong Kong to One workshop dealt with particular accept manual labouring jobs in African culture and why many place, space, a Canada to put food on the table. newcomer Africans hold on to kind of feeling, She criticized the government’s traditions of spiritual well foreign temporary worker the homeland being or program which she said and sometimes psychological comfort? These exploits immigrant workers make more of were some of the big questions who are brought here to labour it than people the conference ‘Strangers in a without the benefit of landed do in the strange land” organized under immigrant status. Chow said homeland. the chairmanship of Dr. Michael that last year the number of Prof. Michael Baffoe Baffoe prof.at the University of foreign temporary workers far Manitoba‘s Social Work faculty, tried to address on Friday outnumbered landed Lt. Governor hosts immigrants. She suggested November 13, 2009 at the that the reason for the need of 25th Anniversary University of Manitoba. so many foreign workers is of LEAF and One participant said she was because of the government’s concerned that her children immigration policy which Section 15 might not be rooted to any The Honourable Philip Lee, narrowed what family class Lieutenant Governor of particular place they could call means. In the past there was a her because their family moved Manitoba and Her Honour broader interpretation of family Anita K. Lee hosted LEAF at around often. She said she asked class to include brothers and Government House in April to her children where they felt most sisters which is not the case mark the anniversaries of at home and the response today. LEAF and Equality Section 15 stunned and thrilled her at the “Being home means having of the Charter of Rights and same time. They said “mom your family around you; so Freedoms. where ever you and dad are is that when there are important The evening was delightful home for us”. events and holidays you have and there were lots of sharing, Guest speaker, Ms Olivia your large extended family networking and eating as is Chow, MP and wife of leader of around you for support.” always the case. the NDP Party Jack Layton Chow also touched on the engaged the mixed audience of callous manner in which some 200 participants including immigrants, in particular academics, students and immigrants from visible community service providers in minority backgrounds whose a 30 minute presentation in family members are routinely which she shared her personal denied visas to visit Canada experience as an immigrant who without given any reason for came to this country with her the denial and no opportunity parents at around 13 years old. to appeal. She said that the Chow took a political approach NDP are trying to put forward to the concept of home. a bill that would change this. Chow touched on some issues The full day conference had Her Honour Anita Lee, Buchi Nnadi that concerned many of the several workshops that centred and Dr. Jon Gerrard, Sharon Taylor, immigrants present. She talked on settlement and integration Dina Juras and Marceline Ndyumvire about the age old ongoing and Gemma Gay invitees. Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 8
  9. 9. Renowned Jamaican-Canadian Author visits Winnipeg to promote latest book Olive Senior was in Winnipeg during February to promote her latest book of short stories Arrival of the Snake Woman first published in England by TSAR publisher in 1989 and which has just been reissued. She had readings at McNally Robinson’s Bookstores in Saskatchewan and in Winnipeg. Sonia Dechausay and the Black History Month Committee piggy-backed on her Winnipeg visit to sponsor a reading at the Jamaica Hall. A prominent writer who was born in Jamaica, Senior has several books to her credit including an encyclopaedia of Jamaican culture. Talking of Trees (1985), Gardening in the Tropics (1994), and Over the Roofs of the World (2005). Her short story collection Summer Lightning (1986) won the school without the risk of being Commonwealth Writers Prize; it was followed by Arrival of the punished for speaking bad English. She also is conscious Snake Woman (1989, 2009) and Discerner of Hearts (1995). that she writes for a world Although she has not lived in Jamaica for many years, most of community and not only her writings are set in her homeland. Jamaicans and therefore has to A self-taught writer, Senior said she always knew she had to write write in an understandable and she says she writes for ordinary folks. Her characters speak of language. “Ï just try to capture the ordinary things. There is a lyrical cadence to her writing that comes everyday human conditions in my through beautifully when you hear her read her words. writing and let the characters Oliver explains she writes with a Jamaican and Canadian sensibility. speak for themselves,” she said. “We have two languages in Jamaica English and dialect,” she said When not writing Olive teaches adding she was not allowed to speak dialect when she was in high writing at a college in Toronto. Nia and Friends Poetry Nia and Friends Poetry were the opening act for Olive Group performed at various Senior, renowed Jamaican events and venues during the author at the Jamaican Cultural year to enthusiastic audiences. Centre during her recent book All their events are well at- tour. Nia Dechausay, author tended. The group performed and poet founded the group a during Black History Month at year ago. The group is dedi- the Caribbean Cultural Centre. cated to entertaining They also had an poetry event Winnippeggers with a variety “Paradise in Winter” at the of poetry styles. Their audience Wayne Arthur Gallery on includes people from all walks Provencher Blvd in St. of life. The members of Nia Boniface. In addition to their and Friends are: Joanne annual Valentine poetic rendi- Mcdonald, Beatrice Watson, tions suited for the month of Shirley Alleyne, Effie Aqui, Nia love, members of the group Dechausay and Harnet Araya. Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 9
  10. 10. Guyanese Pride Bright Lights A young of Washington, Seattle. Woman of Ms. Carlisle teaches a range of Distinction graduate and undergraduate courses in the Community Psychology, Masters in Policy Studies, and Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior programs at the UW Bothell. Her pedagogical interests include finding new and innovative Dr. Shauna ways of teaching research methods that help students Carlisle draw linkages between course content and real world Oluwatomilayo Daodu University of application. It is her goal that It was all smiles in the Nigerian students leave her classroom and the Black community in Washington socially conscious and socially general to see another of their responsible citizens who use youth (Buchi Nnadi also received Shauna Carlisle is the daughter this award a few years ago) their methodological skills to of Gary and Brenda Elbers, recently received the YM- make a difference in their who hail from Guyana, South YWCA Young Woman of community and nation. America. Shauna is one of the Distinction Award. Ms. Carlisle’s dissertation Tito whose name means “joyful shining lights in the Caribbean research examines race and and excellence” was recognized community who has left ethnicity, immigration and for her outstanding academic Winnipeg and gone to bigger record of “A” average and her health outcomes. She and better things far afield. equally outstanding community investigates the social contexts She has a BA, Psychology, service. and linkages that explain how University of Manitoba, MSW, Born in Nigeria, Tito came to and why race, ethnicity, and Social Work, University of Canada with her parents, nativity are associated with Kenny and Jacob, 20 years ago. Washington chronic cardiovascular, Her volunteering began with PhD, Social Welfare, respiratory, and pain school patrols and it never University of Washington stopped there. She was the first conditions. Ms. Carlisle has Shauna Carlisle is a 2009-2010 student from her elementary held a fully funded 2-year Initiative for Community school to be admitted to St. fellowship from the Center for Based Learning and Mary’s Academy, where she Studies in Demography and maintained an A average to Scholarship fellow and a past Ecology and has presented her university level. Daodu works Project for Interdisciplinary work at a number of with several community Pedagogy teaching fellow at conferences including the organizations, tutors children the University of Washington, aged 12 to 18 and works as a Federation of Canadian Bothell. While teaching at the youth facilitator at the Spence Demographers, Population UW Bothell, Ms. Carlisle is Neighbourhood Association. Association of America, and completing her doctorate in Today she leads the Children the Society for Epidemiologic and Youth ministry at Social Welfare in the School of Research. Immanuel Fellowship Church. Social Work at the University Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 10
  11. 11. ACCESS TO JUSTICE Human Rights Activists Win Congratulations to Said Ali, former refugee from Ethio- pia was the winner of 2009 Human Rights Award. Nahanni Fontaine, Justice Director of Southern This prestigious Chiefs Organization of Manitoba made an award recognizes impassioned presentation to participants of the work that Said University of Winnipeg Social Justice fair on behalf of the Aboriginal people she represents on the topic has done in his Access to Justice. community to Fontanne said that justice is still illusive to her Jerry Woods, MB Human Rights promote the princi- people. She said that society still treats Aboriginal Commission Chair & Said Ali ples of human rights. people differently and less than people in the dominant culture. Nahanni recited a litany of In accepting the injustices Aboriginal face on a daily basis because of award, Said thanked his wife’s enduring love and sup- systemic racism. Denials of justice to Aboriginal port without whom he would not have been alive today. people have implications to other areas of their lives He said she deserved the award for she kept him going, and this works to keep Aboriginal people in poverty and gave him hope during the dark days in confined as a and on the margins of society. She talked about the refugee prisoner. more than 500 murdered and missing Aboriginal women who until recently were not given a thought Said’s family, friends and supporters from Welcome and constructed by the press and the police as place were there to share the celebration with him. prostitutes, drug addicts and sex-workers which Said was nominated by Louse Simbanduwe, a meant they deserved what they got. tireless promoter of human rights herself. Fontaine shared that her own mother was also a missing woman and a person addicted to drugs. “I am tired of attending funerals.” Racism and colonialism still operate against Aboriginal people accessing equitable justice in Canada and Manitoba. And that needs to change. Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 11
  12. 12. Volunteer make the difference at ACAM’s Job Fair Each Year Travis Hodges was one of the Emaline Jackson was also a volunteers helping to keep volunteer and has been a things going at the 11th Job Fair, volunteer at ACAM’s event for started by Mr. Jim Ogunnoiki, many years. She is mother of President of the African- three children. She lost her Caribbean Association of husband many years ago and Manitoba, Inc. (ACAM) raised her three children as a because he believed that single mother. She said her late finding jobs for people was husband would be proud of the foremost in any successful way his children turned out one settlement. Mr. Jim Oggunoiki, President is a Financial Analyst, another Travis, 21, has been around Electrical engineer and the other ACAM since he was a child, a physiotherapist. Emaline said his mother Blue Hodges is she understands how important active in the organization and volunteer work is because has held several Board without those who showed up positions. Travis said his the event could not have been mother had travelled to Jamaica successful. to celebrate his grandmother’s She said Mr. Oggunoiki, 100th birthday. Travis, President of ACAM does most University of Manitoba third- Emaline Jackson and Travis Hodges of the work and it is important year psychology honours that members support this student, said he will be joining particular initiative because it is them in Jamaica soon and was ACAM’s working, people are finding out very excited about it. faithful about jobs because of it Travis said he thinks volunteer This year the event was held at volunteering is important Sandra Riddel Hall University of especially when it comes to Housen Winnipeg because it has outgrown the previous venue. helping people find jobs. He Members of the three political believes that what ACAM does parties and the representative every year is great because it is from the City of Winnipeg helping connect those seeking brought greetings. There were jobs with those willing to hire increases in the numbers of and he does not mind giving up employers represented and a Saturday. Since his mother people seeking jobs. could not be there, Travis felt he had to represent his family at the event and do his part. Winnipeg Police The Navy Civil Service Commission Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 12
  13. 13. NICCOM honours its youths with Scholarship Awards The Nigerian Canadian Community organization (NICCOM) held its second annual awards celebration at the University of Manitoba Campus where eight deserving students received financial scholarship awards for academic excellence and community service. President of NICCOM, Dr. Sunday Olukoju welcomed all the students presents and representatives from various community organizations including, the Immigrant Women’s Association, Congress of Black Women, Nigerian Students Association. ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS RECIPIENTS SPONSORS Laura Ogunsola - Dr and Mrs Yinka Bammeke Rhoda Adetunji - Pastor and Mrs Anda Baiye Jessica Onyinye - Eng. and Mrs Istifanaous Magaji Oluwaseyi Akinbobola - Dr and Rev (Dr) Sunday Olukoju Chidinma Anyanwu - Dr & Mrs Wole Akinremi COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS RECIPIENTS SPONSORS Oluwatobi Ogunsola - Eng. and Mrs Jacob Daodu Toluwalope Dare - Pastor and Mrs Andrew Bawa Dupe Daodu - Mr and Mrs Paul Sinclair Award recipients, donors and special guests of honour A Black Youth Inspired Gospel Concert Black youths delivered an stood up, clapped and danced to inspiring Gospel concert with songs that praised the Lord. some top notch performances Among the performers were on February 13 at the Truth Sonya Williams, Rhonda and Worship Centre in St. Thompson (Fenom), Tiffany Vital. Connor, Deneita McLeod, Planned and organized by a Chandelle Pinnock, Keisha group of youths who appears Booker Andre Warmington, Flo, to be following a Christian and with a grand finale by a lifestyle, the youths brought local hip hop group called Free together a cross-section of Agency. performers from the community coupled with a video presentation of some historical figures and moments in Black History that helped to make the event one of the most successful events of the Month. The audience participation of the mostly young crowd was energetic and at times they Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 13
  14. 14. Spinach with Garlic and Pine Nuts Makes 2 (3/4- Jicama and Bean Salad cup) servings Jicama, is a crunchy Mexican root vegetable, is often eaten raw in Ingredients salads and slaws. Tossed with a zesty lime dressing and mixed with 1/2 pound spinach leaves, tough beans and juicy tomatoes, it makes an easy, irresistible salad that’s stems removed (3 1/2 to 4 cups perfect with anything from the grill. loosely packed) Ingredients 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon pine nuts 1/2 garlic clove, minced 1 garlic clove, sliced 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin Salt and freshly ground black 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 can (15-ounce) black beans, rinsed and drained pepper 1/2 small jicama, peeled and chopped Method 1 plum tomato, chopped Wash spinach and spin dry, leaving 1 1/2 tablespoons diced red onion some droplets of water on leaves. 1/8 cup chopped fresh cilantro Heat oil in a large skillet over Salt and freshly ground black pepper medium heat. Add pine nuts and Instructions cook, stirring frequently, until Whisk together lime juice, garlic, and cumin in a large mixing bowl; lightly golden, about 3 minutes. slowly whisk in oil. Add beans, jicama, tomato, onion, and cilantro. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Toss to combine, season with salt and pepper, and serve. Add spinach to the pan, in batches if necessary, and sauté until starting to wilt, 30 seconds. Cook, stirring and tossing frequently, until all RECIPES spinach is wilted and liquid is FROM AROUND THE WORLD Summer is Barbecue time and here bon apettit is a good one for you Spicy Orange Pork Kebabs Recipe butter Spicy Orange Pork Kebabs, 1 large sweet pepper, cut into large cubes made with boneless pork and 8 small onions, parboiled seasoned with brown sugar, 1 large orange, cut into eighths vinegar, pepper flakes, orange Salt and pepper to taste rind, Worcestershire sauce, rum, In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, vinegar, pepper honey, orange juice and butter. flakes, orange rind, Worcestershire sauce, rum, honey, orange juice and butter. Heat the mixture until the butter melts, stirring Yummy! occasionally. Thread skewers with the pork, the pepper, the onion Ingredients: and the orange wedges. Season lightly with salt and pepper. 2 Ib (1 kg) boneless pork, cut Grease a Swiss roll pan, put the skewers on it and grill, 43 (10 cm) into ½ “(3 ½ cm) cubes from the heat, for 10-12 minutes each side or until the kebabs are ¼ cup dark brown sugar cooked thoroughly. Alternatively, place kebabs over hot coals on the ¼ cup red wine vinegar barbecue ¼ tsp dried hot pepper flakes and cook for 12-14 minutes per side, basting and turning all the time. Serves 4-6 ½tbsp freshly grated orange rind 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce Recipe by: Laurel-Ann Morley author of Cooking with 1 tbsp rum; 2 tbsp honey Caribbean Rum. ¼ cup fresh orange juice;¼ cup Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 14
  15. 15. Congress of Black Women Promotes Arts and Culture research regarding cultural ***** The Congress of Black awareness and sensitivity training. The Congress of Black Women is Women, Manitoba Chapter’s Presenters at the conference also presently conducting a survey contribution to Black History included Mavis McLaren, of seniors and youth to do a couple 2010 was a Cultural Awareness Beatrice Watson, and Veronica of things. First is an attempt to Workshop that provided Joseph who presented on different bring youths and seniors together. information on African and aspect of Black culture. This was Research shows that these two Caribbean culture including followed by an panel discussion groups are the most compatible. their literature, folklore, history and film presentation on Black Secondly the survey hopes to and health issues. culture. discover what the social needs of The aim of the workshop was The panellists were Jacqueline seniors are ad then try and meet to provide a learning St. Hill, Darryl Stevenson, those needs. If you have been asked opportunity for individuals who Barthel Palatino, a refugee from to comple the survey, please take a want to improve their Sudan. The presentations were moment to do so. It is for the good interaction and appreciation of all excellent and generated of the Community, said Ms Lisa Black history and culture. The spirited discussions among Hackett, President. workshop covered information participants. The presenters share about the contributions of peprsonal stories about growing Black people to the wider up in Winnipeg and Palatino community in Manitoba, issues shared stories about his journey affecting and statistics to Winnipeg and what it was like regarding Black people in the growing up in a war-torn country. province along with recent The Congress hopes to make this an annual event during Black During the Break membrs took time to History months. visit Grand’N’More booth and bought some lovely purses tht raise funds for orphans in Africa . Bernadette Fereria poses with one of the purses Barthel Palatino and Veronica Joseph Lisa Hacket President COBW and Petty Officer Andre Sheppard Photos: L to r Veronica Joseph and Palatino, Antoinette Zlotey and Lisa Hackett, Conference Chair, and Congress President, Panelists: Barthel Palatino, Jacqueline St. Hill, Darryl Stevenson. Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 15
  16. 16. Workers of Colour Support Network delivers the history in Black History Month Professor Sefa Dei, the Professor Dei said that it is up Ghanaian born educator to African parents to introduce and anti-racist education their children to African history. activist came to When Black youths become Winnipeg last Black aware of their ancestors and History Month thanks to their values and cultural the collaborative efforts heritage they would be better of the Workers of Colour able to understand themselves. Support Network, Professor Dei also feels that University of Winnipeg, where Western education might Neighbourhoods Alive be failing some Black youths is and the Ethnocultural the diminished role of Community Support spirituality in education. Program with support of Africans are spiritually attuned Black Porters people and religion or Commemoration Professor Sefa Dei (4th from left) spirituality has been a sustaining Committee of Manitoba. grace pre and post European Professor Dei presented on the The Yoruba and Songhai contact, he said. “It is what got topic “Pre-Contact Facts about kingdoms controlled large the slaves through their worst West Africa” to an interested group populations, he said. There was days of slavery; the belief is at the West Broadway Community Timbuktu situated in the West something larger than them Centre. Africa nation of Mali and was exists.” Professor Dei said he strongly the home of Sankore University. “Spiritual education embraces believes that it is important for Timbuktu was the intellectual humility, respect, compassion and Africans to get back to their roots and spiritual capital and centre gentleness that strengthen the self and to ensure black youths know for the propagation of Islam in and the collective human spirit of that they came from very strong the 11thcentury. The 15th century the learner. The self is a complex, cultures that functioned well before was like the golden age. integrated being with multiple Europeans came on the scene. One of the participants said layers of meaning. The individual There were huge kingdoms in her daughter had to quit one of as a learner has psychological, Africa, he said. For example there her university courses because of emotional, spiritual, and cultural were the Yoruba kingdom that the negative information it was dimensions not often taken up in established government under pushing about Africa. According traditional/conventional religious leaders, the Berber to some of the professors of Processes of schooling”. Dynasty from the Sahara that Anthropology and sociology, Prof. Dei is one of the people spread over a wide area of north- Sub-Saharan Africans who strongly supported the western African. e were kingdoms accomplished nothing she said. establishment of an Afro-centric school in Toronto. Members of Pilgrim Baptist Church Members of WOCSN and Professor Afua Cooper Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 16
  17. 17. LETTER TO MY NEPHEW A Role Model If you are a Black person Dear Sirs; I am a regular viewer of CNN and offer my compliments looking for a on both Mr. Martin’s your seemless, unbiased black role reporting on world news. During 9/11, I was model you do contracted to perform in Doja, Qatar during the not have to look World Trade Conference: And through meeting a very far there wonderful American family, the church on a are thousands of Blacks who are compound, weekly communication from former superachievers but may not be Prime Minister Martin’s office and exercise I was visible to the world. For the able to hold on to my sanity for my family’s sake. Black child, the climate is Secondly, as a Black woman, I’ve never forgotten perfect for a good harvest, all the place of my origin, nor my family history (my they need are good gardeners heroic cousins) and the Chicago RACE To have the ignorant, hateful to tend to the garden, to make Virginia and Mississippi politicians glorify the Confederate soldiers sure it is watered and cared for appalling attempts to destroy the US government because due to the with love. The harvest will be birth of the industrial revolution, trade with the South (which depended bountiful. Here is one such primarily on slave labor of cotton and farming) was no longer success story: necessary. Families and tribes were separated to prevent Ursula Burns joined Xerox in communication between them. Rape, torture and murder was 1980 as a mechanical sanctioned. Families separated and sold like cattle. There is one good engineering summer intern and bit of news for the greedy white politicians: Within the next 25, 30 later assumed roles in product years the whole world will be 2/3 ‘colored’ and by then they’ll be too development and planning. old to care. Sorry about this tirade, but last night I had to respond to From 1992 through 2000, the negative postering of politicians, including the fanatical “Tea Party” Burns led several business and it’s political advocate‘, Sarah (Barbie Doll) Palin. You teams including the office betcha’Dear Mr. Cooper, color and fax business and cc; Roland Martin office network printing business. In 2000, she was (June Harris is a born activist and she uses the teachable named senior vice president, moments that pop up in her life to make good use of them) Corporate Strategic Services, heading up manufacturing and supply chain operations. She then took on the broader role History of Black History Month of leading Xerox’s global The man who started the idea of a began Black History Week. The research as well as product Black History Month was, Carter week was development, marketing and G. Woodson. He was a historian, intended for the delivery. In April 2007, Burns and as such understood the observation of was named president of Xerox, importance of history to a people. the birthday of expanding her leadership to He believed that in order for Frederick also include the company’s IT African Americans to be Douglass and to organization, corporate successful in their future, they honor the great strategy, human resources, needed to know that it was also contributions of African corporate marketing and their contributions that helped to Americans to the United States. global accounts. At that time, build this nation. They needed to The week was so well received she was also elected a member know their history. In 1915, he that it was eventually extended to of the company’s Board of joined the Association for the a month. Will the month be Directors. Burns was named Study of African-American Life extended to two months? CEO in July 2009. and History, and in 1926 he (Thanks to Norma Walker for the tip off) Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 17
  18. 18. Horace Patterson Foundation has a friend in Steve Kirby Jazz Professor Professor Kirby and some of the He said Jazz was first music University of Manitoba Jazz invented that was a reaction to students performed for the third segregation during the latter part consecutive year for the Horace of the 1800s. Patterson Foundation fundraising In North America segregation event at Centro Caboto Centre in was a way of life. That’s just the April 2010 to an appreciative way things were. “And crowd. Each year the event songs were a way of life.” attracts a larger number of As he explained the people. The Foundation raises progression of the history of Jazz funds to award annual and how it evolved over the scholarships to students in need. years, he demonstrated these Kirby’s has generously lent his phases with examples from the talent to this organization music from dance bands to because of his belief in the value marching bands to soldier bands. of a good education. This year he introduced Elijah Before each performance Easton, a first year Jazz student Kirby gives the audience a from Washington DC who has snapshot history of Jazz music followed Professor Kirby to which has deep roots in the Winnipeg to be under his Black community. He said all tutelage. Easton is one to watch. types Quiet and unassuming, he has of music on the planet have already performed at the White music have some connection to House for President Obama. Check out his facebook for the Jazz. proof. Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 18
  19. 19. How about you? by Sam Dixon, Winnipeg Writer Do you know many people? Write up a list There are many reasons people decide to run for –you probably know more people than you office: a problem to be fixed, an opportunity being realize. Are you willing to get other people missed, those being overlooked or left out. The list to help you? Are there other people who could go on but the reason is essentially the same- share your concerns? Then you have a base knowing that things can be better...and the feeling of support! that they can’t wait any longer for “somebody else If you have some community profile, an to do something!” interest in politics, a good reason to run and Once they know that it can be better, they decide a base of support you have a lot of what you that they are “somebody” and maybe they’re the one need – you still need money and you still who will actually “do something” if they get the need political expertise but you can get those chance. by connecting with political parties and the Politics is hope in action – not just “wanting it to people who support them. be better” but really believing that it will be better. You are not the only one wondering where Back when Obama was elected I heard many people the next Obama is coming from. Political say where is Our Obama? I don’t know, but I do parties are looking too. Each wants to be the know that before there was an Obama there were a one with “Canada’s Obama” so now is a whole lot of School Trustees, City Councillors, and great time to get involved. This year is an Mayors; then there were senators & congressman. election year – yes, I know “aren’t they all”, Before we have a Black Prime Minister there will but this year it’s the municipal elections with need to be more black people running at lower many chances to get in at the school board levels of government paving the way. level where you don’t necessarily need a lot So where is our Obama? Maybe in the mirror. Have of money to win. You have to start you ever thought about running for office? You somewhere and at the school board level you could be what your community needs so more can build you base to move to the next level. young people finish high school and go to college or For example, the Manitoba Liberal Party University. Maybe you are the “somebody” who connects with community leaders in will make sure that crime is understood to be an orientation sessions titled “Are you ready for action not a person. elected office?” The session helps people If you know the problems and then you probably who are thinking about “running someday” already have some ideas about the solutions – are get the basic understanding of what to you ready? Well, here is a short checklist to start expect. Even people who aren’t thinking with: about running for a specific party can benefit Are you active locally? Are you part of from this kind of knowledge. So you can get community groups? Do you volunteer at your the political basics and meet people with school or your church? Are you known by your experience running campaigns. neighbours? Are you part of the local events and Maybe you’re not the next Obama but festivals? Then you have profile! maybe we don’t need another Obama; Have you volunteered on political campaigns? Do maybe we just need more people like you to you know about the political process? Are you get involved. willing to learn about it? If you met a politician what would you ask her/him? Then you have some political interest! Have you tried to tell somebody about your concerns and had nothing done about them? Then you have a good reason to run! Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 19
  20. 20. Father Canon Falconer: Immanuel Peterson Jazz Pianist with the Afro-Caribbean Blacks Need to be who died in 2007 made 200 Drama Group as a fundraising Affirmed recordings and was the winner of event for MAJ, an organization seven Grammy awards; that ships medical equipment Josiah Henderson was a Minister of the Gospel was born into from Canada to Jamaica. slavery in 1830 and developed a The show opened with a school for fugitive slaves; powerful presentation of the Michaela Jean came as a refugee title poem “Big Bus” by Dale to Canada and today she is Lewis. The poem set the stage standing high as the Governor for what was to follow. General of Canada.” There were lots of laughter in “Some people think that we are the house as this comedy worshipping the God of the brought back memories of life Whiteman but Christianity was in the heart of Africa long before it in Jamaica and the Caribbean came to the Americas or the new in general. It included typical Canon Father Henry Falconer world. Caribbean characters like the delivered a lively and passionate He said that Ethiopia has been sweet-talking man, the lazy Gospel of Black folks to an mentioned in the scripture as well man and women who would use engaged audience as the guest as Queen of Sheba and Solomon. their assets to get their way. speaker at the opening of Black “‘I am black and I’m proud. Hold The play was written and History Month Event. your head high’ Solomon wrote directed by Errol Bryan, the “African Canadians need to in the Songs of Solomon.” community playwright. It had a feel affirmed and to be aware Canon Falconer said that the cast which included Carmen of the contributions made by our Christian faith has carried Bryan, Monica Rhiney, Violet black ancestors.” He added that Black ancestors through the Clacken, Shereen Murral, social forces have shaped rough times. They cried out Laurel Wright, Dorothy Dueck, Blacks identities negatively. “bakara, backara - my back is “The first black person to Charmane Daley, Robert raw when the pain of the whip Canada came here in 1603 and was too much to bear.” McKenzie, Louise Davy and today we form the 3rd largest Many of us are still carrying Mcdonald Nurse. minority group in this country. the shackles of slavery, we need Bryan was surrounded by Yes we are strong.” to take it off put them behind us admirers after the show. Black History Month which is and march forward.” he urged. the coldest and shortest month of Canon Falconer ministers at the year, honours the legacy of the Holy Trinity Church. Black people past and present, he noted. “Our ancestors fought to Want a seat on the liberate us and justice for all Big Bus? people. Slavery existed in Canada. The Loyalist blacks The Errol Bryan production of who settled in Manitoba have “Big Bus” was performed to a been here for hundreds of years.” packed house at the Deaf He named some of the Black Centre on February 20, 2010. people who have made The event was organized by outstanding contributions to the Medical Assistance for Canada in various fields. “Oscar Jamaica (MAJ) in association Errol Bryan (centre) Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 20
  21. 21. Connecting the Generations Black History 2010 The Council for Caribbean started out life in Winnipeg in a appointed 24th Lieutenant Organizations of Manitoba rough way. He said he did Governor of Ontario. (CCOM) sponsored a forum to several jobs trying to find his Williams said he would like to bring old and new blacks to share niche before doing what he loves see streets named after stories and learn from each other. doing teaching and working to prominent Black people during The session was informative help people. He said the first job future Black History Month. and was accompanied by cultural he had was as a recycling performances. Among those who labourer. He spent three hours Understanding shared stories were: Mrs. sorting plastic bottles, then he Evelyn Gardner who was worked at a cleaning job at Oppression, From to among the first Black registered McDonalds, delivered flyers on Theory to Action: nurses in Manitoba. She worked for Health Sciences Centre and seven streets even during the Journey to Anti-racist winter. Not understanding how St. Boniface Hospital. She vicious the cold could he said Practices talked about the days when Pilgrim Baptist Church was the he went out without the proper Enid Lee meeting place for Blacks and shoes and his toes were so frost- anti-racist newcomers mostly from the bitten that his nails fell off. Caribbean. “They provided the educator He was eager to get ahead in his service for the Black community and activist new country that he tried many for free that settlement services was the jobs including truck driver, taxi are now being paid to provide for keynote driver, he owned a taxi and new immigrants.” She said the speaker at a acknowledged that that was not a men gathered at the church to one day conference sponsored by bad job but it was not what he play pools and dominoes.” the Centre of Anti-Oppression wanted to do with his life. “West Indians started coming in Centre on January 29, 2010. Two of the good things that Lee, who came to prominence around the 1940’s by which time Winnipeg did for him was help in anti-racism work after her things had improved for Blacks.” him to discover his spiritualityand book Letters to Marcia was She said even then blacks were meet his beautiful wife Deborah published about 25 years ago, not welcomed in white churches. through whom God gave him the delivered a stimulating, engaging “You were allowed to attend the direction he needed. and informative presentation with White church,” she said but after Father of two handsome sons, enthusiasm that spilled over to a while the White members Sunday earned his PhD and the audience. would ask ,“don’t you have your taught at Providence College. She said that anti-racist own church?” Presently he is helping new organizational work is the Evelyn said through hard work immigrants at the Winnipeg ongoing work of confronting and dismantling those systems and determination she became a Technical College. “I am happy and structures within Registered Nurse and later with my life now” he said. organizations that limit the worked as an operating room opportunities, the rights to the technician. Her cousin Euburn Wade Kojo Williams told the resources for a good education Greenidge became the first Black story of one prominent Black and the joys of categories of doctor in Manitoba. She married in Canada. Mr. Lincoln M. people, she said. John Oliver and they have been Alexander who was the first Organizations need to dismantle married for most of her life. Black Member of Parliament and and change oppressive structures Minister of Labour. He was and systems and the Dr. Sunday Olujuko, a recent immigrant to Winnipeg, said he continued on p23 Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 21
  22. 22. Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama’s Other Ancestors “What did you think you came to Riders which brought the hear or to tell? What did you events leading up to MLK’s come wanting to know more assassination real to the about? audience and something not Dr. Hardy said we needed that far away in history. more conversations to get to Dr. Hardy said that King’s know each other and he would dream of 1963 must not satisfy prepare for people to see him as us because after that speech a person coming to engage four young girls were blown up. vis-à-vis a lecture. In 1961 during the height of “Unless that conversation is the cold war there was a change nurtured in all places, in the leadership of the free democracy will not be world. Young black people were Dr. Vincent Hardy achieved anywhere. One of the asked to fight in wars for other Distinguished Civil Rights people who have been a real people’s freedom when their Activists, historian of the inspiration to me is the feminist own people could not vote. African-American Experience, German woman author, Hannah “Ella Baker used to encourage speech writer and confidant of Arendt.” young people to take the lead, she Martin Luther King Jr. was “The conversation has begun. It did not keep her hands around invited to Winnipeg by the them; she just sat by them and is when we are in dialogue that helped out with voter registration. University of Winnipeg on the we are most human,” he said. “Crazy young people just April 2, 2009 to deliver a talk Many of the questions centre messed things up. They said titled:.Martin Luther King Jr on Obama’s winning the let’s start on voter registration and Barack Obama’s Other Democratic nomination and the in Mississippi, the place where Ancestors at the University of possibility of the first Black hundreds of black people Winnipeg’s Eckhardt-Gramatte President of the United States disappeared in the river” Hall. of America. Is Obama the If we do it in Mississippi, we It was like being at a rock Dream that was the question? can do it anywhere. There they concert waiting expectantly for Professor Hardy claimed that found supporters such as M.Z. the star to come out, the energy the Democratic Convention in Moore, Victoria Gray, a small in the room was palpable. The 2008 that elected Barack business who sold hair preparations, large theatre was jam-packed Obama could not have taken E.D. King, a white Chaplain, Fanny with a cross section of people place without the freedom Lou Hamer, the 20th child born and age groups. Excited chatter riders, and the sit-ins. in a share-cropping family, her provided a delightful backdrop. To claim King as ancestor, magnificent voice.” Dr. Hardy Then a charming diminutive, 77 Hardy said one would have to told the story to a captivated year old retired professor start remembering that King crowd. emerged smiling jubilantly; at the did not stop speaking after During the summer of 1964, time (he’s a couple years older Alabama’s three evils that his Freedom people came in now I suppose) expectations were country must overcome: Mississippi, in buses, cars and high. Like a true professor, he racism, militarism and on foot, he recalled. invited questions from the materialism. He added that He talked about Eyes on the audience even before he began his some Canadians and expat Prize: an powerful award- presentation. “Ï do not want to Americans in the audience had winning documentary series of scratch where you are not itching”. been part of the Freedom Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 22
  23. 23. continued from p22 the African American Civil Rights Movement from 1954-1965 The death of MLK threw off that was inspired by the song Keep your eyes on the prize. “We the civil rights movement for a are called to speak for the voices that are silenced. Silence is a long time what is our work betrayal”. now? Dr. Hardy asked. Dr. Hardy said that his obsession with the future of democracy “Writing the Vietnam speech I in America has been long and out of that there is a continuing believe was what got Martin sense that democracy cannot grow without engagement and killed. The personal is political dialogue. As a result of that he has dedicated himself to try to and there is no separation. If consciously to fight the academic of love of lectures. “That’s not our political work is not what we need more of now.” personal but a work that will Dr. Hardy relived some of the sad times in his own life. He said help us all become more he trained hundreds of young people many of whom were killed – human, it is not surprising that people like James Kenny, Andrew Goodman, and Michael in the midst of a gathering like Schamer who he classified as ancestors. “When I think of this someone would want to ancestors I think of three women in particular, Martin Luther say or tell us about his sister King’s maternal grandmother who lived in the house with him as who died. This is so important. he was growing up who loved him and inspired him to live up to What could we do together her best expectations. Loretta, who was a little older than Martin about this?” Dr. Hardy said was a powerful partner to him and Rosa Parks who was present in responding to a young man Montgomery when Martin arrived, who moved before Martin who got up and shared his moved. She was an inspiration to King.” incredible pain and loss he was Dr. Hardy concluded that civil rights was too narrow to describe feeling at the recent death of a the movement. “It was a movement for the expansion of sister he loved so much. democracy in the USA,” he said. His wife of 43 years, Rosemary Hardy said Fanny Lou Hamer attended the Democratic Harding died 5 years before Convention but blacks were segregated. He said Hamer spoke and sang. She said she questioned the Democratic Party. At that Lee cont’d from p21 convention The Democratic Party said there can be no more language that perpetuate the segregation at Democratic conventions. negative aspects of people must Fast forward to Democratic Convention 2008, without people change within systems such as a like Fanny Lou Hammer that could not have happened, Hardy media, police and education”. said. Lee said that the book Martin Luther King wanted Americans to give up racism, to “Letters to Marcia” A deal with the poverty in the midst of riches and for Americans to teacher’s guide to anti-racist stop defining themselves by what they have and what can be seen education will be reprinted and for the United States to stop being the creator and purveyor of later in the year with some violence in the world. updated information. Dr. Hardy was asked the question what is his dream. His response was “Ï am deeply influenced by the yearlong campaign. If you allow yourself to hunger for righteousness, you will be filled”. He advised young people to keep themselves in readiness for what is right – hunger and thirst for what is right and as this goes on they will find new ways of transforming the planet. “There is a job for the youths if they are ready for it. We have to be getting ready to create new possibilities,” he said. Some of the participants at the conference Global Eyes Magazine May-June 2010 23
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