Spring 1996 

An official publication of the Ontario Black History Society 


Date: Friday, May 10th Saturday, May 11th, 1996 

Place: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto 

Come out and learn what is going on in the Black History community. Participate in the protection of African Canadian Heritage. Share your techniques for promoting Black History, preserving Black History and funding Black heritage organizations. Network with others who have a strong commitment to have our collective voices heard. Learn about past and present challenges and successes, help to strategize the future direction of recognizing, preserving and promoting the achievements and contributions of people of African descent in Canada. 

This conference is offered in accordance with our multi-year plan and has been organized without government funding. As a consequence, there is a registration fee to assist in defraying costs. A conference kit will be provided when you pick up your registration. You will also be eligible for door prizes. As part of our ongoing fundraising effort, raffle tickets, T-Shirts, pens, posters and books will be available. 

Our special guest will be Charles Blockson, Curator of the Afro-American Collective at Temple University, Pa. Presentations and workshops will be conducted by: Henry Bishop, Curator, Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, Halifax Co., N.S.; Dr. Ralph Agaard, Chief Executive Officer, Harambee Centres Canada; Bryan & Allan Walls, John Freeman Walls Historic Museum, Puce, Ont.; Carolyn Wilson, Sheffield Park Black History & Cultural Museum, Collingwood, Ont.; Wilma Morrison, Nathaniel Dett Institute, Niagara Falls, Ont.; Betty Simpson & Elise Davis, North American Black History Museum, Amherstburg, Ont.; Barbara Carter, Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site, Dresden, Ont.; Rosemary Sadlier, Ontario Black History Society, Toronto, Ont.; Abul Mohamed, Kingston Black History Collective, Kingston, Ont.; Shannon Robbins, Raleigh Township Centennial Museum, North Buxton, Ontario; 

Register today for our first conference aimed at Black historical organization workers and community members! Presenters from across the country will define and discuss their respective organizations. “limited registration” is available. 

Ontario Black History Society is considered a heritage organization. We have been advised by the Ontario Government that our Core Funding (which covers basic operating expenses and one part-time employee) is being reduced up to 25-40%. Consequently, we are constantly seeking ways to supplement our income, and urgently need the support of our members and friends to continue our programs. The Conference is one initiative and additional activities for the next few months are in the planning stages. 

Blacks In the Military: Oral History Project ple Thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Citizenship Anti-Racism Department, the Ontario Black History Society was able to tape the stories of many Black veterans in Nova Scotia and Ontario. The interviews were conducted by Kelly Thomas and Jessica Carter. Researchers may listen to these tapes, preferably by appointment, in the office only. In the future, all tapes might be transcribed for easier access.