The journey of unlearning and learning is one that is very long, and that will include a lot of ups and downs, but it’s really important that you listen to folks that are affected by it, and kind of follow their lead.
The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) and the University of Ottawa’s department of history have a number of events lined up to celebrate Black history both now and throughout the year.
“I want people to feel entertained, like they got their money’s worth. But more than that, I want them to come out thinking.”—Malik Al Nasir, performer and social activist.
This week, the Fulcrums highlights some key historical figures that should get more recognition in the month of February.
One of the artists behind this mural was Kalkidan Assefa, an Ottawa-based artist also known as @drippin_soul, his Instagram handle and tag for his art. When members of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) decided they wanted a mural painted in the University Centre (UCU) for Black History Month, they knew exactly who to call.
The black-tie gala was held at Tabaret Hall on campus, and featured a variety of talented black performers and speakers, including American author and transgender activist, Janet Mock. Staying true to its purpose, the candlelit tables were adorned with names of important black figures in history instead of numbers.
Mock is most widely known for her work as a transgender activist, including involvement in the “It Gets Better” project, and for writing her memoir Redefining Realness about her life as a transgender woman of colour.
I’m not sure I remember the very first time I experienced racism or discrimination.