Tuesday, February 1, 2022

February Is African Heritage Month!

Stop by the CEC library and check out the following nonfiction titles during African Heritage Month
Canada's Forgotten Slaves: Two Centuries of Bondage
by Marcel Trudel and George Tombs
“By painstakingly combing through unpublished archival records of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Marcel Trudel gives a human face to the over 4,000 Aboriginal and Black slaves bought, sold and exploited in colonial Canada.” -Amazon

Sister To Courage: Stories From The World of Viola Desmond
by Wanda Robson and Ronald Caplan   
“In Sister to Courage, Wanda takes us inside the world she shared with Viola and ten other brothers and sisters. Through touching and often hilarious stories, she traces the roots of courage and ambition, good fun and dignity, of the household that produced Viola Desmond. Tough and compassionate, Viola shines through beyond the moment she was carried out of Roseland movie theatre for refusing to sit in the blacks-only section. Viola emerges as a defender of family and a successful entrepreneur whose momentum was blocked by racism. With honesty and wit, Wanda Robson tells her own brave story, giving new life to two remarkable women and the family she loved.” -WorldCat
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
"The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. Racist ideas are woven into the fabric of this country, and the first step to building an antiracist America is acknowledging America's racist past and present. This book takes you on that journey, showing how racist ideas started and were spread, and how they can be discredited."--Dust jacket flap

The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person
by Frederick Joseph
“Writing from the perspective of a friend, Frederick Joseph offers candid reflections on his own experiences with racism and conversations with prominent artists and activists about theirs—creating an essential read for white people who are committed anti-racists and those newly come to the cause of racial justice.” -Amazon

The Skin We’re In: A Year of Back Resistance and Power
by Desmond Cole        
“In his 2015 cover story for Toronto Life magazine, Desmond Cole exposed the racist actions of the Toronto police force, detailing the dozens of times he had been stopped and interrogated under the controversial practice of carding. The story quickly came to national prominence, shaking the country to its core and catapulting its author into the public sphere. Cole used his newfound profile to draw insistent, unyielding attention to the injustices faced by Black Canadians on a daily basis. Puncturing the bubble of Canadian smugness and naive assumptions of a post-racial nation, Cole chronicles just one year - 2017 - in the struggle against racism in this country.” -WorldCat

There's Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities
by Ingrid Waldron
“Ingrid R. G. Waldron examines the legacy of environmental racism and its health impacts in Indigenous and Black communities in Canada, using Nova Scotia as a case study, and the grassroots resistance activities by Indigenous and Black communities against the pollution and poisoning of their communities.” -Amazon

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism
by Robin Diangelo
“The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.” –WorldCat