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Viola Desmond’s Canada

A conversation about race, segregation and memory 

On Wednesday, November 15, we invite you to join us for a moderated discussion about racism in Canada, both historically and today. Share your perspectives and learn from others in small-group discussions in an informal setting. 

Viola Desmond’s Canada: A History of Blacks and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land by Graham Reynolds is the springboard for our discussion. In his book, Reynolds looks at differences between racism experienced in Canada and the United States. We will consider whether the experience of "polite racism" in Canada differs from racism experienced in the United States.

Author Graham Reynolds and Wanda Robson, the youngest sister of Viola Desmond, will be joining the conversation via Skype at 7:30 p.m. for a 30-minute Q&A session.

To shape our discussion, we will focus on current social movements and examine the use of protest, rallies and social media as communication tools.

Refreshments will be available. Grab a coffee and get ready for some meaningful conversation. Everyone is welcome!

 

Want some inspiration to bring to the discussion?

Mini-talks

Join Program Interpreters in the Canadian Journeys and Breaking the Silence galleries for a series of mini-talks covering three Black history topics: the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the Underground Railroad, and Viola Desmond’s experience of racial segregation in Canada. Explore how these historical stories fit into the larger narrative of Canadian history and have relevance to current conversations about, and experiences of, racism in Canada.

These mini-talks will be available to view on our Facebook page in advance of the discussion.

 

Book: Viola Desmond’s Canada: A History of Blacks and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land

Pick up Graham Reynolds’ book, Viola Desmond’s Canada: A History of Blacks and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land, in the Museum Boutique or at your local public library for a great overview of the topics that will be covered throughout the mini-talks and the discussion.

 

EVENT OVERVIEW

Discussion

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Foyer between the Boutique and ERA Bistro, Level 1
Cost: Free

 

In-gallery mini-talks

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Where: Canadian Journeys gallery, Level 2, and Breaking the Silence gallery, Level 4
Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members

 

Please note that this event is subject to change or cancellation without notice