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Inspiration continues to flow 30 years later

By Egbert Gaye From Day One, on August 20, 1990, Mind, Soul & Spirit was meant to touch the hearts of Montrealers. When Christopher Heron brought the then two-hour show to the airwaves at CKUT 90.3 FM on the morning of August 20, 1990, he wanted to share with listeners the inspirations and joy that he felt with Gospel music. “I just wanted to share with others my love-affair with the music and to expose it,” he told the CONTACT, just outside the studios of the McGill University-based station, soon after coming off-air on the morning of Sunday, January 5. …

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Damien Sneed’s We Shall Overcome coming to Place des Arts

By Egbert Gaye As a young boy growing up in Augusta, Georgia, Damien Sneed felt a strong connection to Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights icon who was born about two hours and 15 minutes away in Atlanta. “I’ve always seen Martin Luther King Jr., as a genius that was a global voice for justice,” says Sneed, who wrote more than his fair share of reports and features on his idol in the classroom and in churches as a young man. “I’m not sure that people value what he did for the world.” It’s not surprising then that Sneed—who …

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Our Literary Giant Nigel Thomas to receive MLK Jr. Award

Rosie Awori Kicking off this years Montreal’s Black History Month celebrations, will be Black Theatre Workshop’s vision 2020 gala which serves to pay homage to outstanding Black artists who have sought to bring growth and depth to the arts in Canada, while celebrating the vision of growth, solidarity and unity inspired by the great historical and contemporary figure, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and this year, H. Nigel Thomas will be awarded for his work in literature as an outstanding author, academic, and essayist: “A prophet is not without honor except in his own community, I must admit this feels …

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Ethics Committee rules that police racially profiled Kenrick McRae

After multiple stops and alleged harassment Rosie Awori “This time, the (justice) system worked. And it’s the best Christmas present I ever received.” After years of complaining of harassment by the Montreal police, Kenrick McRae has found vindication. It came In late December, in a 31-page ruling, the Quebec’s police ethics committee ruled that the Montreal police officers, Constables Christian Benoit and Philippe Bernard-Thomassin unlawfully arrested McRae, a Black man, and two years ago in what was a racially motivated intervention. Constables Benoit and Bernard-Thomassin were found guilty of 16 police ethics violations stemming from an interaction with Kenrick McRae …

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Recognizing Community Gems at Vision 2020

As it has in the past decade or more Black Theatre Workshop’s Visions Vision Celebration Gala will offer an opportunity to honour some of our community’s best and brightest. The prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award will be presented to Nigel H Thomas, for his significant contribution to the development of Black arts and cultural life. The evening will also see the presentation of the Dr. Clarence Bayne Community Service Award, to Leon Llewellyn for his significant volunteerism in arts and education within the Montreal Black community. Leon Llewellyn is a community driven arts educator and activist who …

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African News

LOOKING BACK AT THE YEAR OF THE RETURN IN AFRICA

Happy New Year readers! Thank you for supporting this column this past year. I am grateful for all the wonderful feedback I have received from all of you. By the way, how do you like our new graphic? Back on the continent, “the year of the return” just wrapped up, and it saw scores of Black people from the Diaspora go to Ghana to visit, and invest, while others decided to stay. It was inspired by the actions of former Benin president, Mathieu Kérékou who in 1999 made a pilgrimage to the Church of the Great Commission in Baltimore. While …

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Church News

An offer to Worship at Montreal Deliverance Church of God Seventh Day

For 2020, Pastor Beverly Deroy and her small congregation at Montreal Deliverance Church of God Seventh Day are recommitting themselves to their mission of winning souls for the kingdom while helping the poor. However, Pastor Deroy says the church is seeking help in building a kingdom of people that know and love the Lord and she’s inviting anyone looking a place to worship to join them. “If you’re looking for a place to worship we would like you to come, Knowing that we are here for just such a short time and that this world is not our home,” she …

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15 years of service at Imani Family and Full Gospel Church

Contact Staff This year, officers and congregation of Imani Family and Full Gospel Church are getting set to mark a milestone in their churches history in Montreal: their 15th anniversary. It was on July 14, 2005, when the little church situated in the heart of the historic Black community in Little Burgundy opened its doors under the spiritual leadership of its founding pastor Rev Darryl G. Gray. Over the past decade and a half, the congregation of Imani, as the church became known, showed resilience in faith and in their commitment to build in service of the community. They kept …

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Community News

Todd Smith on balancing corporate and community life

Trip to Africa was an experience of a lifetime Rosie Awori and Egbert Gaye Standing with his bare feet planted in the earth and looking into the star- covered night in the savannah grasslands of Kenya, Todd Smith was undergoing a mental metamorphosis that would leave his life forever changed. The young Montrealer was at the Bogani Camp interacting with the Maasai, a community of pastoralists and nomads found in Kenya and Tanzania. For Todd, who has lived all his life in Canada, it was a spiritual moment, one that he knew he wanted to relive over and over again. …

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Reining in Airlines with new Air Passenger Regulations

Contact STAFF We all remember the days when airlines would over-book those much-needed flights heading to Trinidad and Tobago for carnival or to other hot Caribbean destinations popular with Montrealers frantically trying to “duck” the winter, then arbitrarily bump passengers, offering them vouchers or rebates that sometime expire before you realize it. Well no more. Under new government-enacted policies brought in by the Air Passenger Protection Regulations, airlines must now offer a stipulated monetary compensation or alternatives that are of a higher value. And passengers must be given the option to select what form of redress they prefer. The Air …

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