Canada's new $10 bill features Viola Desmond, a major civil rights figure whose legal battle following an arrest at a movie theatre helped end segregation in Nova Scotia. You can read more about her from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
CBC's Black on the Prairies is an interactive exploration of Black prairie life through the themes of Migration, Putting in Work, Black and Indigenous Relations, Politics and Resistance, and Black to the Future.
Teachers and educators are invited to incorporate the teacher's guide into classroom curriculum and learn about the history and lived experiences of Black people in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The guide, along with the Black on the Prairies interactive website, will help students in exploring the Black on the Prairies project, a collection of articles, personal essays, images and more, exploring the past, present and future of Black life on the Prairies.
Discover a wealth of primary source material on the Civil Rights Movement, segregation, discrimination and racial theory in America during three pivotal decades of the twentieth century. The Race Relations Department, based at Fisk University, was a highly influential think tank offering a forum for discussion and research on racial topics. The work of the Department highlighted topics such as poverty and inequality, class, housing, employment, education and government policy. Its programme attracted many well-known figures in the Civil Rights Movement, including Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin, Charles Houston, and Marguerite Cartwright. This resource sheds light on the fascinating work of the Department through the digitisation of extensive records from the Department's archives, now held at the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans.
Check out these fact sheets created by the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum, designed to educate and inform others of the unknown history and experiences of some of the original African-Canadian settlers in Saskatchewan.
The University of Saskatchewan is a signatory of the Scarborough Charter, pledging to fight against anti-Black racism and promote Black inclusion. Read the charter to familiarize yourself with the promises and pledges made by University of Saskatchewan and other academic institutions in Canada.
In her evocative masterpiece, The Alchemy of Race and Rights, published in 1991, Patricia Williams captured a moment in American legal thought that marked a turning point in expressions about race and power, and the implications for social equality. It contained lessons extending beyond America’s unique race history, to the general social and political dynamics in liberal democracy that create conditions of privilege and exclusion. She invited us to think about the place of law in the social and institutional practices that sustain status quo hierarchies, despite proclaimed civil rights commitments to justice. She also inspired hope that the role of the lawyer could be one of mutinous agitator—struggling from the inside, using the tools and skills of practice to support the causes of identifiable communities and social movements.