I have high regard for President Barack Hussein Obama. His ascent to the presidency was a magnificent moment in history. As an African-American citizen with a Canadian family, it was a particularly poignant moment for me to actually have been in the U.S. to vote for him.
The Obama campaign for the presidency offered much to admire and learn from. But a very significant aspect of President Obama's victory was his vision for the United States, which was primarily one of inclusiveness. His plea was, and after his second State of the Union address essentially remains, that the fulfillment of a nation's destiny can only be achieved by harnessing the potential of all its people, not just a select few or elite. Whatever else his problems may be, we can learn a lot from this.
A new plaque unveiled Sunday honours the history of Hogan's Alley, a physical marker to acknowledge the history of Vancouver's black community. At the event, local writer and organizer Wayde Compton shared the following introductory remarks, reviewing a decade of efforts to recognize the city's black history and acknowledging those who have contributed to the Hogan's Alley Memorial Project.
In 2001 I edited and published an anthology called Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature, in which I reprinted five interviews that had originally been created for a 1978 anthology called Opening Doors: Vancouver's East End, edited by Daphne Marlatt and Carol Itter.
Sunday, February 24, from 2-3:30pm HOGAN’S ALLEY
Presentation begins at 2pm in the Hogan’s Alley Cafe, Gore and Union, with speeches and musical performances. Followed by a procession on Union St. to the plaque nearby. In partnership with Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project (HAMP). Part of Black History Month and BC Heritage Week.
Please note: Standing room only. Extremely limited space inside the Cafe. Thank you for your understanding.
"I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history," says Morgan Freeman.
This month, you will see no shortage of functions organized by historical societies, libraries and schools. You may even catch the corporate giants sponsoring short vignettes on black history, or perhaps a rerun of Amistad, Roots or Malcolm X.
It's Black History Month.
An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln
Marx did not support the North because he believed that its victory would directly lead to socialism. Rather, he saw in South and North two species of capitalism — one allowing slavery, the other not. The then existing regime of American society and economy embraced the enslavement of four million people whose enforced toil produced the republic’s most valuable export, cotton, as well as much tobacco, sugar, rice, and turpentine. Defeating the slave power was going to be difficult. The wealth and pride of the 300,000 slaveholders (there were actually 395,000 slave owners, according to the 1860 Census, but at the time Marx was writing this had not yet been published) was at stake.
Black History Month: 6th Annual Pan-African Slam
$10 adult / $5 students and seniors (suggested donation)
Celebrate Black History Month with a night of Creativity & Edutainment! Featuring Patricia Smith, Adelene da Soul Poet, Scruffmouth, Robert Halley & Marion Landers and DJ Organic. Hosted by Sonya Littlejohn and Dana "I.D." Matthews
Date and time
February 10 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Calabash Bistro, 428 Carrall