Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Rosemary Brown

Like Marie-Joseph Angélique, Rosemary Brown (1930-2003) also contended with a climate in Canada that was especially unkind to people of color. Just five years after she immigrated to Canada from Jamaica to study at university, she launched a lifelong fight against racism and sexism. A founding member of multiple civil and women's rights groups, Ms. Brown … Continue reading Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Rosemary Brown

Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Marie-Joseph Angélique

Many are unaware that Canada participated in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and had slavery between the early 1600s and 1833. But slowly and surely, that history is coming to light. One such victim of the era was a Black slave by the name of Marie-Joseph Angélique (1705-1734). Ms. Angelique who has come to be known as a symbol … Continue reading Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Marie-Joseph Angélique

Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Claudette Colvin

Claudette Colvin (1939-) was a mere 15 years old when in 1955 she refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white passenger. She defied Montgomery, Alabama's segregation laws nine months before Rosa Parks and rightfully should have been the face of the Civil Rights Movement. Like many of the heroes I will mention during … Continue reading Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Claudette Colvin