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Available Expert - Canadians celebrate Black History Month

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Queen's University professor Anita Jack-Davies is available to comment on the launch of Black History Month in Canada. The month long observance started with a sold-out, kick-off brunch by the Ontario Black History Society on January 29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The year 2016 was a landmark for black Canadians, a highlight of which was the naming of Viola Desmond to the Canadian $10 bill late in the year.

“This month, members of the black community will consider the meaning of being black in Canada and of the development of an ever changing black Canadian identity,” says Dr. Jack-Davis. “This topic of identity is critical. What it means to be Canadian is constantly shifting and evolving within a multicultural framework that doesn't always recognize the historical presence of blacks in the Canadian nation.”

Dr. Anita Jack-Davies is a cross-cultural expert and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Queen's University. She is creator of the Badges2Bridges, a cross-cultural training program for law enforcement professionals. Her research focuses on the implementation of diversity and inclusion measures into the workplace.

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