The Tallest Tree in Our Forest
Presented by Hart House, the Centre for the Study of the United States, Munk School of Global Affairs, and Access and Diversity Unit in Parks Forestry and Recreation (City of Toronto)
"We must join with the tens of millions all over the world who see in peace our most sacred responsibility."
In celebration of the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Hart House, the Centre for the Study of the United States, Munk School of Global Affairs, and Access and Diversity Unit in Parks Forestry and Recreation (City of Toronto) present Paul Robeson: The Tallest Tree in Our Forest, Challenging Race and Class within Toronto's Multicultural Framework.
Four panelists, each speaking from a different perspective, will address the importance of actor-turned-civil rights leader Paul Robeson's work both locally and abroad and will relate these achievements within the context of Toronto.The panel discussion will focus on Robeson's approach to race and class during the 1930s and 40s and the relevance of his achievements around current dialogue on the limits of multiculturalism following the release of recent reports indicating that Toronto is becoming an increasingly segregated community along the lines of race, ethnicity and class.
A screening of the 8-minute film The Tallest Tree in Our Forest, chronicling the larger than life personality and relevance of Paul Robeson will precede the panel discussion.
Panelists include: Ken Jeffers, City of Toronto Manager, Access and Diversity, Parks Forestry and Recreation; Norm Kelly, Writer and Playwright; Lee Lorch, Civil rights activist and York Professor Emeritus and Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Scarborough-Rouge River Federal NDP Candidate
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