Posts in category Community News

Community News


Community News

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 …

Read more 0 Comments
Community News

Achevers Celebrated for BHM 2K18

Contact Staff Sixteen Montrealers and a group of community activists are being recognized for their achievements and contributions as laureates in the 2018 Black History Month calendar. Among the 16 are several well-recognized names in the community, including Dr. Mryna Lashley, the first Black associate dean at John Abbott College and a professor in the department of Psychiatry at McGill University. She is also the Honorary Consul of Barbados at Montreal. Music maven, Duke Eatmon is also featured in the calendar recognizing the spectacular work sharing the history of Black music, as a commentator at CBC Radio, and as an …

Read more 0 Comments
Community News

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 …

Read more 0 Comments
Community News

Community Events Feb 7,2018

February Events at UNION UNITED CHURCH Nelson Mandela Worship Service The faith community is invited to UNION  UNITED CHURCH Worship Service to celebrate internationally acclaimed human rights leader, Nelson Mandela  on February 11 at 11 A.M. at 3007 Delisle Street un St. Henri NOSTALGIA FOOD FAIR The congregation of Union United is inviting all Montrealers to its annual food fest: The NOSTALGIA FOOD FAIR Featuring  a range of AFRICAN, CARRIBEAN AND CANADIAN CUISINE On Saturday February 24,  at the church hall, 3007 Delisle, Montreal QC (Metro: Lionel Groulx, corner Atwater). Free Admission. For more information: (514)932-8731 Youth in Arts Concert …

Read more 0 Comments
Community News

Celebrating Black History

Is it still relevant? President of the Round Table says “Yes” Egbert Gaye On February 1, the gathering will be at City Hall to mark the launch of Black History Month 2018. It’s a ritual gathering. They do it every year: a handful of municipal politicians, maybe one or two from the provincial government and an assorted collection of so-called partners, including the brass from the Montreal-police-department-types sitting with adherents from the Black community, to usher in 28 days of celebrating the Black presence in Quebec. The event doesn’t last long, about an hour or so. It usually includes a …

Read more 0 Comments
Community NewsLife & Style

Fitness for a Cause

      Bursary Boot Camp to assist Montreal area student Contact Staff Chastitie Greaves is settling nicely in her nursing career. For that, she says thanks for the help offered to her by the community in the form of bursaries and scholarships, and financial aid provided by various community organizations over the years. “I think I might have received two every year during college and university,” says Greaves, who earned her BA in Nursing from McGill University in 2017, following her studies at John Abbot College. “I think I’m extremely lucky to say that I graduated debt free.” Chastitie …

Read more 0 Comments
Community News

Strong-Hinkson offers a hand to single parent students

By Rosie Awori Young Montrealer Sabi Hinkson is driven by her zest to assist single parents who are interested in furthering their education. Having walked the same path, being a single mother at age 16, this cause is personal and near to Hinkson’s heart. “After I had my daughter I decided to stay in school. I graduated high school valedictorian, then later on went to get my bachelors in Theology,” she told The CONTACT in a telephone interview recently. Hinkson added that her two daughters, Kiara and Taneia, are her inspiration: “They are the reason why I strive to be …

Read more 0 Comments
Community NewsEntertainment

Spotlights HIP HOP CULTURE IN MONTREAL

The CONCEPT Contact STAFF For long, hip hop artistes in Montreal have been trying to stake their place in a massive and unpredictable industry where the meaning of success is as fluid as the rhymes and rhythms that flow from the lips of the emcees. So far a handful of them, mainly from the French sector, have made it to the big times and have been taking the beats of Mont Real to other shores, mainly in Europe, but certainly none to the status or stature of Drake who has established The Six as a serious hip-hop joint. Enter Kogi …

Read more 0 Comments
Community News

Another top-notched school tour presentation from Omari and Akilah Newton for BHM

Contact Staff For the past three years, twins Omari and Akilah Newton have worked side by side for their annual Black History School Tour. It is an event organized by Akilah through her organization, Overture With The Arts (OWTA), which she formed in 2009. This year’s school tour is called Triple ‘A’ (Artists, Athletes & Activism) and was inspired by former NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s quiet act of protest against injustice towards African Americans by law enforcement. Omari stated, “Watching the movement he helped ignite has been amazing. His action led me to reflect on the long legacy of celebrities …

Read more 0 Comments
Community News

A walking tour of Union United’s history

Reverend Dr. Charles Humphrey Este, Dr. Oscar Peterson, President Nelson Mandela and Dr. Oliver Jones Egbert Gaye If you’re in the Little Burgundy neighborhood and happen to stroll by Union United Church at Delisle Street and Atwater, you will notice the new sets of plaques adorning the exterior of the building. They are monuments of the long and rich heritage of the church. The building, which was built in 1899, has been home to the congregation since 1916. The plaques shine a spotlight on four men, who over the course of the history of the church have helped to empower …

Read more 0 Comments