- Test your knowledge of Black history. Top three (3) winners will receive cash prizes. The quiz will be available in C-203 beginning February 3rd and ending February 26th at noon.

DISPLAY CASES (F-Wing Carrefour) - Check out the Black History Month displays (February 10 - 21).
Members of the Vanier community are greatly encouraged to participate by bringing in any relevant materials to Dany Brown, Student Services, room C-203.

DUB POETRY: A special Black History Month presentation
Wednesday, February 12th, 2003
- during Universal Break (12:00 to 1:30) in the Auditorium A103.
Want to enjoy a different perspective on Black History? Then why not join us for an hour of soulful and inspiring "Dub Poetry" brought to us by the insightful and captivating sounds of Jason "Midnight" Selman and Vanier alumnus Chimwemwe Miller. A captivating performance you won't want to miss!

Dany Laferrière
Photo: Ludovic Fremaux
(Click on photo for his biography)

"Dany Laferrière" video
available in Vanier College Library

On Wednesday, February 26 during Universal Break (12:00 to 1:30) guest speaker Dany Laferrière will make make a bilingual presentation in the Amphitheatre room B-223. Dany Laferrière is a well-known author and radio personality.

From a review of his first novel, Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer (How to Make Love to a Negro):

Writing in a desperate, comfortable tone, with a working-class intellectualism on a par with Charles Bukowski's or Henry Miller's, the narrator wanders the streets and slums of Montreal, has sex with white women, and writes a book to save his life.... The narrator is an exile in a culture of exiles in Montreal, looking from the outside in, not realizing that everyone in the city exists in a form of exile, and talking about the situation of -- and the fascination with -- the modern North American black man with intelligent candour.... Laferrière's fiction is like an extended essay on race relations, with conversations about psychology and jazz, why white girls like ethnic boys, what it is to be in exile, and the plight of the black man in North America, while all the time extending hands to his heroes Miller and James Baldwin. Laferrière has a fantastic, wry humour, and writes with pure joy and an astute awareness of the world around him.
(--Rob McLennan )

Wednesday, February 26, 2003
- during Universal Break (12:00 to 1:30) in the Student Mall.
We invite you to take a trip through time with us as we travel through a history of African rhythms. Through the use of drums and dance we will guide you as you groove to the sounds from the "Motherland" to the "New World" and back. Come one, come all and experience African music as an ever-evolving art form.

Suggested links for Black History (click on the image):

Important Events in Canadian Black History Some Missing Pages: The Black Community in the History of Quebec and Canada Official Black History Month Poster AFRO-American Almanac 28 Black Women of Distinction

A Heritage of Hits - Black Music Government of Canada Black History Month official site Icing the Stereotypes: Black hockey players Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators

 Recommended reading in the Vanier College Library:

Alienation and resistance : the political behaviour of Afro-Canadians
McClain, Paula Denice 1979

A place called heaven : the meaning of being Black in Canada

Black Canadians : a long line of fighters
Tulloch, Headley 1975

Black community resource guide : a listing of services available to Montreal's English-speaking Black population
Black Community Resource Centre 1998

The Blacks in Canada : a history
Winks, Robin W. 1997

Blacks in Canada : in search of the promise : a bibliographic guide to the history of blacks in Canada
Govia, Francine 1988

Blacks in Montreal, 1628-1986 : an urban demography
Williams, Dorothy W. 1989

Canada and its people of African descent
Bertley, Leo W. 1977

Canada in us now : the first anthology of Black poetry and prose in Canada
Head, Harold 1976

Diversity, mobility and change : the dynamics of Black communities in Canada
Torczyner, James L. 1997

Fire on the water : an anthology of black Nova Scotian writing
Clarke, George Elliott 1991

A history of Blacks in Canada : a study guide for teachers and students
Walker, James W. St. G. 1980

Let the Niggers burn: The Sir George Williams University affair and its Caribbean aftermath
Forsythe, Dennis. ed. 1971

Long time comin' (Women at the well) [videorecording]
National Film Board of Canada 1993

Older, stronger, wiser (Women at the well) [videorecording]
National Film Board of Canada 1989?

Other voices : writings by Blacks in Canada
Elliott, Lorris 1985

Outsider blues : a voice from the shadows
Ruggles, Clifton 1996

The refugee, or, The narratives of fugitive slaves in Canada : related by themselves with an account of the history and condition of the colored population of Upper Canada
Drew, Benjamin [1812-1903] 1972

The road to now : a history of Blacks in Montreal
Williams, Dorothy W. 1997

Sitting in Limbo [videorecording]
National Film Board of Canada 1986

Some missing pages : the black community in the history of Québec and Canada
Provincial Association of Social Studies Teachers (Quebec) 1995

The West Indians in Canada
Walker, James W. St. G. 1984