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  • Still I Rise: Stories of Strength, Courage, and Innovation

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:00:00 PM - Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:00:00 PM
    Location: Newmarket Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford Street., Newmarket, ON, L3Y 1T1
    Category: Community Event
    Art exhibition featuring Gordon Shadrach and Syrus Marcus Ware, in partnership with Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA)

    "Still I Rise” is a proclamation that, despite the odds, African Canadians continue to contribute vibrantly to Canadian culture, heritage and identity. From the condition of eighteenth century enslavement, displacement and dispossession to the attempted economic, social and psychological disembodiment of African peoples, Blacks in the New World continue to rise. We have developed strategies of resistance and survival ranging from negro spiritual songs to becoming conduits for freedom and change. “Still I Rise” invokes the African as the subject of her destiny and dismantles nineteenth century racist ideology that the African does not possess the mental faculties to make decisions about her own affairs. It is an invocation against the impact of entrenched racism and racialization on the lives of African peoples.

    Today, we celebrate our stories —the small narratives that tell the truth about who we are, even as we stand on the shoulders of those who have paved the way for us. It is by enormous strength and courage that we have emerged in the twenty-first century as entrepreneurs, innovators and change makers even while facing the harsh realities of post-colonialism, post-imperialism and paternalism. Africans have always resisted their subjugation and have formed various types of discourse of resistance. From Afua Cooper’s resistant chronicling of black subjectivity in the The Hanging of Angélique: The Untold Story of Slavery in Canada and the Burning of Old Montreal to George Eliotte Clarke’s deliberate “Rollcall”, the stories that we tell of ourselves are ones that declare unequivocally that “Black is Here”. By celebrating our stories, we signal and root our presence in the space we occupy. We rise with strength, courage and determination to create something new of ourselves in the world we were so forcibly and unapologetically led to occupy.

      Contact Name: Logan Bales
      Contact Phone: 905-953-5313 ext. 2844
      Contact Email: lbales@newmarket.ca