Friday, 5 May 2017

Revised Listing of Some May 2017 Events

Joyful Rebellion (a Blackness Yes! fundraiser) will be held on Friday, May 5, 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St., Toronto.

The Time is Now. Plan for the Future. Saturday, May 6, 12-2pm at Tropicana Community Services, 1385 Huntingwood Drive, Toronto. Learn how to get tuition for free through OSAP. MPP Raymond Cho’s office. Learn financial strategies to save for your child’s education panel discussion.
Hosted by Robert Small, ONABSE; Michelle Francis, Financial Empowerment Coach; Natalie Snow, RESP Advisor, Global RESP Corp.; and Allan Belgraves, Branch Manager, Global RESP Corp.  For more information, email

Walk Good fundraiser – the JCA’s 35th annual walkathon will be held on Sunday, May 7. 5k or 10k routes. Walk, jog, run or cycle! Pledge forms are available for the Jamaican Canadian Association or online at or Sandra Whiting, Chair, 416-573-1375

Black Action Defense Committee presents the annual Dudley Laws Scholarship Fundraising Brunch on Sunday, May 7. Doors open at 1:30pm, starts at 2pm and ends at 6pm at the Jamaican Canadian Association, 995 Arrow Rd., Toronto. Keynote speaker: Royson James, municipal affairs columnist of the Toronto Star.
Tickets: $50 (includes meal and entertainment)

Internationally-acclaimed activist, author and scholar, Angela Davis, will be the keynote speaker at the Human Rights Forum held by the Canadian Labour Congress on Sunday, May 7, 6:30pm. The CLC’s 28th Constitutional Convention will be from Monday, May 8 to Friday, May 12 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., Toronto.

Black Canadian Studies Association biennial conference will be held at Brandon University in Manitoba, May 11-13, 2017.
The conference will feature outstanding scholars and contemporary thinkers and activists as they explore key questions pertaining to the following topics (and Conference title): “Blackness, Indigeneity, Colonialism, and Confederation:  21st Century Perspectives.” Keynote speakers will include Dr. Afua Cooper, JRJ Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University and Dr. Barrington Walker, Associate Professor at Queen’s University. The conference will also feature Sandra Hudson, Cicely-Belle Blain and Amina Abawajy in conversation about Black Lives Matter.  It is anticipated that the conference will bring together over 100 participants.
Additional details about the conference can be found at
Dr. Barrington Walker, Associate Professor, Department of History, Queen's University.   Photo contributed

Dr. Afua Cooper, James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University with her son.

La’ Riatsila Dance Theater presents “INFUSED” on Sunday, May 21, 5:30 p.m. at Dancemakers Studio Theater, 313, 9 Trinity St., Toronto.
Tickets: $30
Facebook: La’ Riatsila La’ Riatsila
Telephone: 647-466-6812

Diaspora African Muslim Association (DAMA) presents the 3rd annual Malcolm X Day Event on Sunday, May 21, 4pm at A Different Booklist, 779 Bathurst St., Toronto.
Join us in celebrating the birthday of our Shining Black Prince, Martyr for the Cause, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz.
Keynote speakers: Nene Kwasi Kafele, Sheikh Abdur Rashid Taylor. Also featuring: Pruf Rock, Waleed Abdulhamid, Djanet Sears, Baro Dunanba and more!

The Canadian Society for the History of Medicine & Canadian Association for the History of Nursing present their annual conference May 27-29 at Ryerson University in Toronto. Keynote lectures: Professor Evelyn Hammonds (Harvard University), "The Physician's Negro": The Racialization of Medicine, and Professor Karen Flynn, (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) "Hotel Refuse Negro Nurse": Gloria Clarke Baylis And The Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
Professors Karen Flynn (signing) who is a keynote presenter at Ryerson University on May 27, and Lisa Tomlinson (who will be presenting a paper at the Black Canadian Studies Association biennial conference at Brandon University, May 11-13 2017.)

All are invited to the launch of Burnley “Rocky” Jones REVOLUTIONARY, an autobiography by Burnley “Rocky” Jones & James St. G. Walker.
Special guest: George Elliott Clarke on Tuesday, May 30, 6:30pm at A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St., Toronto.

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