Something to Think About – Black Voices

Posted On Thursday June 17, 2021

After the collective push to amplify Black Voices around the globe following the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, many of us wanted to know how we could do more. We watched some businesses sit in silence, organizations shift in awkwardness, and we watched governments wait for the right moment to address the ongoing systemic racism affecting Black identifying people in North America. I am thankful for the work of organizations that have been working to demand change, that mandate diversity and inclusion, and operate through an equity lens. Today I want to honour a local community organization that is doing the work to amplify ALL Black voices. Black old, Black young, Black Students, Black Queer, Black Trans, Black & Indigenous, and the plethora of identities that contribute to the Black Experience in Canada. Halton Black Voices has been a force since it’s inception in late 2019, with its guiding principles in spreading Awareness, providing Education, Empowerment, and fostering Allyship. If you are a local interested in doing your part as an ally to Black identifying folks, then consider:

  1. Following Halton Black Voices on their social media channels or visit their website at https://www.haltonblackvoices.ca/  to participate in the learning and awareness initiatives they develop.
  2. Intentionally reading the work of Black Canadian authors in our collection like Desmond’s Cole The Skin We’re In, Robyn Maynard’s Policing Black Lives, or my current favourite: They Said this Would Be Fun by Eternity Martis. In it, Martis discusses the difficulty of navigating through the typically white spaces of Post-Secondary in Canada as a racialized student. This definitely hits close to home as a University Graduate who was almost always the only Black student in my classes.
  3. Making Black Voices a natural part of your reading experiences. Read Fantasy? Try Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Mystery? Try My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. How about a picture book? Kids will love Don’t Touch My Hair by Sharee Miller. Check out our full reading lists at https://www.hhpl.on.ca/en/programs-and-clubs/read-woke-challenge.aspx

 

- Written by Neree Morgan, Halton Hills Public Library Associate

To learn more about Read Woke and the Read Woke Challenge, please visit our website page. #somethingtothinkabout