York University hosts Black History Month event: Everyday activism against racial bias


TORONTO, February 13, 2018 – Three noted leaders from different walks of life, but sharing the same goal of activism against racism, will engage in a conversation at the Black History Month event hosted by York University at the Tribute Communities Recital Hall, February 15.

The event, “Everyday Activism, Critical Resistance: A Conversation with Angela Robertson and Robyn Maynard facilitated by Dionne Brand,” organized by the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora in the Faculty of Education, is sponsored by Unifor.

“These important conversations will reflect on the ways in which people of African descent resist the daily acts of gendered, classed and sexual racialization in Canadian society,” said York Professor Carl James, lead organizer, and Canada’s prominent researcher in the areas of equity and racism.

WHAT:  Everyday Activism, Critical Resistance: A Conversation with Angela Robertson and Robyn Maynard facilitated by Dionne Brand

WHO: Literary personality Dionne Brand, social justice activist Angela Robertson, and writer and community organizer Robyn Maynard

WHEN: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7pm-8:30pm

Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Room 120, Accolade East Building, York University Keele Campus, Toronto (building number 92 on the map)

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Gloria Suhasini, York University Media Relations, 416-736-2100 ext. 22094, suhasini@yorku.ca