Black History in Canada

14 Black Canadians have responded to anti-Black racism in many ways. Research a key Canadian civil rights activist, organization, or event in the movement for racial equity in the 20th century from the list below. OPTION A: SOCIAL MEDIA 1. Choose an individual, organization, or event from the following list. Create a social media page for your selected topic. You may choose which platform you want your person or event to be featured on (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc.) 2. Using whatever medium your platform entails (wall posts, business pages, videos, photos with captions, etc.), indicate the following information to your audience: a. Who or what your subject is and what their goals are; b. What their work entails, and their memberships and accomplishments; c. Connections (friends, affiliated organizations, mutuals…); d. Hobbies, interests, or connected events; e. Their significance to the history of fighting anti-Black racism in Canada. 3. When you have completed your profile/page, ‘network’ with your class to make connections. Move around the classroom asking questions and looking at each other’s posts. Build your network by expanding your group as you find others with shared interests, work, or friends. OPTION B: TIMELINE 1. Choose one individual and one organization from the following list to research, or another topic approved by your teacher. Try to choose subjects from different communities or parts of the country. 2. Using your research, create a timeline for each subject. Add your subjects to the Timeline Activity Worksheet, which includes some significant events that occurred during this time. Some things to consider when choosing what points to include are: a. Important moments in their personal lives, such as work accomplishments, academic degrees, marriage, moving to a new place… b. Connections with those around them, such as other activists and/or notable figures they may have crossed paths with. c. Their impact on the civil rights movement. Consider colour-coding your points by subject on the timeline so it is easier to read later. 3. Once you have completed your timeline, examine the course of events and take note of how the individual, organization, and significant events that occurred during this time may have overlapped. 4. In small groups, compare your timelines and find out how other individuals and organizations may have overlapped with your own. What were your group’s subjects doing during each significant event on the timeline? If some occurred before their time, how might it have influenced them? Did any of your subjects influence each other? 5. As a class, move through the timeline worksheet chronologically. At each significant event, share what your subjects were doing that year or in the period surrounding it. 6. Discuss what the timeline(s) indicates about the scope of the civil rights movement. In what way were these happenings influenced by broader circumstances? Were there any noticeable patterns or progressions between some of these lives, regardless of location? Did the subjects within all three categories influence each other? Has this altered your understanding of the civil rights movement in any way (if yes, how)? ACTIVITY 5.2 ACTIVITY 5.3 THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT Herb Carnegie Podcast Listen to the Herb Carnegie podcast episode of Strong and Free. As a class, discuss the following questions: 1. What stood out to you the most about Herb’s experiences? 2. What do you want to learn more about and why? 3. In the Herb Carnegie episode, Kwame Mason recalls an interview with Herb. One line stood out: “You’re good enough to play but you’re not white.” Discuss how certain jobs (e.g., hockey player, sleeping car porter, or domestic servant) were racialized. Do these racial divides still exist in other jobs? How does race influence employment? 4. OPTION A: Write a reflection about privilege. OPTION B: Have a class discussion about privilege. Use the following questions as a guide for the discussion or reflection: What is privilege? What does privilege look like in the world? What qualities or traits define privilege or lack thereof? What privileges might you have yourself? What are some barriers that you face in your own life?