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Kezia Royer-Burkett

Kezia Royer-Burkett

“Africans have been exploring the oceans long before the Europeans. Indigenous and Black people interacted long before the Europeans started exploring. The Indigenous and Blacks exchanged in trade, they exchanged cultures and customs. We know this through archeological digs and lost records in Egypt, South America, and North America. We need to know and understand our history, from our perspective and not from a white person’s perspective,” says Ciann Wilson, assistant professor in Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University and principal investigator for the Proclaiming Our Roots project.

Given that so many places in southern Ontario played such a key role in Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad network, you’d think it would be a no-brainer for the newly released Harriet film to screen in a place like Chatham-Kent. A city where some of the first early Black settlers landed, that was once home to several thriving Black settlements and that now boasts three Black History museums. 

 

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