Montreal, February 8, 2011. Racial profiling –it’s a hot issue no matter what the latest headlines read. Aiming to open up communication lines and minds, a panel of Black students at Vanier College will share their views and experiences on racial profiling with members of the Montreal Police. The panel takes place at noon in the Vanier Amphitheatre, room B-223 and is just one of several events taking place on February 16 as part of Black History Month at Vanier.
Two other noteworthy events will also take place that same day. First, Dr. Yves Antoine will speak about Black inventors and scientists. Unlike outstanding artists, musicians and athletes, black scientists are a little-known group of extraordinary individuals whose accomplishments have never received public acknowledgement. He’ll speak at noon in room A-314.
Then at 1:30 PM in room B-223, acclaimed author and speaker Tim Wise, will explore The Pathology of White Privilege, with his deeply personal take on whiteness and white privilege. In his spellbinding lecture, the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son offers a unique, inside-out view of race and racism in America and provides a non-confrontational explanation of white privilege and the damage it does not only to people of color, but to white people as well.
Activities run throughout February with a full list of guest speakers, films, plays, quizzes, comedy and music that focus on and celebrate Black experience and Black history. Events kicked off on February 2 with Dr. Jean Augustine, the first African-Canadian woman to be elected to the federal parliament. Other guests include Dorothy Williams speaking on Blacks in Montreal and Paul Fehmiu who will explore Black heritage in Canada.
Celebrations will swing into full gear with a Soul Call on February 23 with, food, fun and music.