Egbert Gaye

About the Author Egbert Gaye

Egbert is a graduate of Concordia University (Journalism/Political Science (International Relations) . He is the founder/ managing editor of Montreal Community Contact.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson continues to lend his voice

He was there. 50 years after the murder of Dr. King Egbert Gaye In a lifetime dedicated to the struggle for civil rights and against all forms of injustices, the Reverend Jesse Jackson has taken all that America can throw at him and is standing. But is looking at the antics of the Trump administration and sees these days as “dangerous days” for African Americans and other minorities in the U.S. Speaking to Montreal broadcaster and journalist Chris Heron from Memphis, Tennessee, where he was attending events for the 50th anniversary commemoration of the assassination of Rev. M.L. King, Jr. …

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The Path to True Forgiveness

Egbert Gaye It took a lot of life’s lessons for Rev. Jennifer McSween to come to terms with the concept of true forgiveness, and when it happened it unleashed a sense of empowerment that she has never known. “True forgiveness puts you in a position of power as opposed to you being a victim,” is the way she tells it. “It’s a shifting of perspective that moves you from feeling weak, resentful and angry to a place where you’re in complete control of yourself and your emotions.” She says taken to its full extent, true forgiveness is “about freedom and …

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Simona says “Thank You” in song

Another enlightened voice on the Gospel scene Egbert Gaye Simona McDonald will be the first to tell you that with music and church at the core of her existence for much of her life, she has a lot to be thankful for. And it’s troubling to see so many people still hungry for what she describes as “the presence of God in their lives.” That’s why she says it’s so important for her to share her multitude of blessings with as many as possible the best way she knows how. “Music is one of the nicest ways to touch the …

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About the City’s Diversity Panel

Racism and the access to opportunities For decades, the Black community has been on the frontlines in an all-out war against the systemic racism practiced by various institutions in Montreal that has kept us marginalized and in some instances having our basic rights abused. That struggle, reaching back hundreds of years and including the inhumane exploitation of our ancestors who were slaves, followed by extended periods of alienation and exclusion helped shape today’s society in which Blacks and other visible minorities remain grasping for access to opportunities in all sectors. For much of the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s efforts …

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When illness strikes

Young family torn apart by a sudden and debilitating disease Egbert Gaye I take the children to see him as regularly as I can. The last time we were there, he looked really good… smiling and playful. The children drew and colored some pictures for him. He looked as if he appreciated them.” When Melissa Manly speaks about her husband David Clarke, there’re hints of resignation and acceptance of his condition. You get the sense that she might have come to terms with the fact that he might be spending the rest of his life in a hospital bed at …

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Viola Desmond 10-dollar bill unveiled

New bill is vertical and Egbert Gaye After months of anticipation, the Viola Desmond $10 bill has finally been unveiled in Halifax, her hometown. The event took place on March 8, International Women’s Day, at the Halifax Central Library, with Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz and Desmond’s sister Wanda Robson on hand for the unveiling. The bill, which will be in circulation by the end of the year, is unique in ways other than the first to have an African-Canadian woman’s face on it, because it’s vertical, unlike all other Canadian bills that have …

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CarnivalsCommunity NewsTrinidad Carnival

Move out the way

Carnival 2018: Young stars take their place at the top Egbert Gaye Veteran calypsonian Austin “Super Blue” Lyons teamed up with Soca’s most seasoned superstar, Machel Montano, to make an indelible mark on Trinidad and Tobago’s 2018 carnival celebrations with a decisive win in the Road March competition with their mega hit Soca Kingdom. The victory marked Blue’s tenth win in the competition for the most popular carnival song, and Montano’s ninth. However, even as these two veterans asserted their dominance on the road, the signs are clear that a new guard of stars is emerging to take Trini carnival …

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Crime and desperation now part of the mix in T&T

Witnessing a culture shift  in the land of calypso, Soca, chutney and steelpan Egbert Gaye It’s not by chance that a significant chunk of Trinidadians gave little though about the so-called terror threat that was supposed to disrupt Carnival 2018 on March 12-13. It’s fair to say it was the furthest thing on their minds. You see, for the hard-core carnival set, nothing comes between them and their mas: not rain, not fatigue, not illness, and certainly not the fear of things that might cause them harm, especially this year when the carnival season was so short and the Soca …

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A Young Hand Leading a Timeless Organization

Rachel Salmon takes the helm of Colored Women’s Club of Montreal, one of Canada’s longest standing organizations Egbert Gaye At 33-years-old, Rachel Salmon is mindful of the significance of the task handed to her when she assumed leadership of the Colored Women’s Club of Montreal (CWC), the oldest organization of its kind in Canada and a foundational one for our community. Founded in 1902 by seven American women, wives of railroad porters, the CWC was built on service to the community, providing much needed relief to those on the margins of society. The women, many of them Black Cross nurses …

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Documenting the effects of Systemic Racism in Quebec

BCQ’s brief to the Quebec government chronicles a long history of marginalization of Blacks and other cultural communities Egbert Gaye The Black Coalition of Quebec (BCQ) has completed a comprehensive overview of the situation faced by Blacks and other visible minorities in the province over the past three decades or so, and has determined that the provincial government has failed in its obligation to effectively deal with issues of discrimination, racism and integration. The Coalition submitted a 90-page document to the ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI), titled 30 Years of Recommendations and Studies for Non-Evidential Results: A Collective …

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