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Dr. Charmaine Nelson demands that McGill examines historical ties with slavery and do something about it

Egbert Gaye As Charmaine Nelson prepares to take her leave of McGill University on her way to a dream position in Halifax the highly respected professor of Art History has laid out a number of outstanding tasks for both the institution and the city to undertake in order to formally recognize their involvement in the enslavement of Africans and indigenous people and its continuing impact on their descendants. ‘It’s well known that James McGill was a slave owner and I think it’s important that the university which he founded investigate its historical links and connections to Transatlantic Slavery,” she told …

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About The NCC and The Dream

That ship has sailed. But one way to salvage the glory of the storied institution of yesteryear is by working to strengthen our community today…. Next time you’re at the edge of the water, look way into the distance, a little beyond the horizon, the little speck that you see, that’s the Negro Community Centre… a ship that has sailed decades ago. And it’s only fair that someone should convey that message to the cadre of good, well-intentioned individuals and groups who have banded themselves around something called the NCC-Charles H Este committee with a commitment to bringing it back. …

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Dr. Charmaine Nelson demands that McGill examines historical ties with slavery and do something about it

Egbert Gaye As Charmaine Nelson prepares to take her leave of McGill University on her way to a dream position in Halifax the highly respected professor of Art History has laid out a number of outstanding tasks for both the institution and the city to undertake in order to formally recognize their involvement in the enslavement of Africans and indigenous people and its continuing impact on their descendants. ‘It’s well known that James McGill was a slave owner and I think it’s important that the university which he founded investigate its historical links and connections to Transatlantic Slavery,” she told …

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Cautious optimism as Caribbean groups move towards a coalition

Egbert Gaye Efforts to set up a coalition among groups representing various Caribbean nationals in Montreal are generating cautious optimism among those who are involved in the initiative. It follows a meeting that took place at the Jamaica Association on Jean Talon Street on Sunday July 19, which brought together representatives from several island associations including Barbados, Guyana, St Vincent and Grenadines, Montserrat, Grenada and Jamaica. Mark Henry, president of the Jamaica Association is the initiator of the coalition as a great way “to encourage and support each other” also as a potential opportunity “to bolster each organization and their …

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On the B-ball court: $12,000 in total fines for Blacks, a warning for whites

Rosie Awori- (Local Journalism Initiative) As restrictions slowly started easing in late May, nine young men took to the courts to enjoy a game of basketball. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a de-stressing activity resulted in them being slapped with a fine of nearly $12, 000 in total for apparently violating COVID 19 measures in the Repentigny area. Many are saying that it is more evidence of racial profiling that has been on the rise in a borough where Black residents have been complaining about bias treatment at the hands of the police. At a news conference on Sunday …

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About The NCC and The Dream

That ship has sailed. But one way to salvage the glory of the storied institution of yesteryear is by working to strengthen our community today…. Next time you’re at the edge of the water, look way into the distance, a little beyond the horizon, the little speck that you see, that’s the Negro Community Centre… a ship that has sailed decades ago. And it’s only fair that someone should convey that message to the cadre of good, well-intentioned individuals and groups who have banded themselves around something called the NCC-Charles H Este committee with a commitment to bringing it back. …

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THE GEORGE FLOYD EFFECT

Racism and Coronavirus COVID-19 Conversations… Novel Thomas Will there be a cure for the man-made viral pandemic, racism, in all its forms once all the talk-ing has ended?When George Floyd had his life squeezed out by police officer Derek Chauvin in that brazen spectacle on May 25, I knew there would be a tumultuous after-math: racism and Coronavirus talk ad nauseam… Over the years of civil rights activism and uprisings it’s how these inci-dents/events have played out. I remember in the 60s and into the 1970s it’s how these social uprisings trig-gered by the same old (let’s say traditional and …

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