Price: $310.00

    Code: 1882

    Directed by Roger McTair
    2000, color, 47 mins.
    Purchase: $310 Rental: $125

    Profiles the history of blacks in Canada and pays tribute to civil rights activists who struggled to change the country's discriminatory laws. Focusing on the 1930s to the 1950s, the video weaves personal stories of these African-Canadians into a broader chronicle of the hardships and victories of their struggle for civil rights, one which closely parallels that of kindred spirits in the U.S. during the same period.

    Those profiled include Fred Christie, denied service at a Montreal restaurant because of his skin color, who took his appeal all the way to the Supreme Court in 1936; Viola Desmond, a successful young entrepreneur, who insisted on keeping her seat in a "whites only" area of a Nova Scotia movie theater in 1946; Hugh Burnette, who founded the National Unity Association in 1947 and pressured the Ontario government to uphold Fair Accommodations Practices laws; Bromley Armstrong, who was also involved in this historic battle, gathered evidence against discriminatory laws in Dresden, Ontario; Donald Willard Moore, who dedicated his life to reforming Canada's biased immigration policy; and Stanley G. Grizzle, President of the Toronto division of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, who organized the black delegation to ensure fair employment practices in Ontario.

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    "A well-researched film. Recommended for the general public."
    Library Journal

    "A very enjoyable and informative piece. For anyone needing a unique perspective on race relations in the mid-20th century, this expose on the plight of African-Canadians will be extremely useful."
    School Library Journal