following are some references of historical or heritage interest in the area.
Black History Month
we note, among other things, the second term of Barack Obama and the loss of
Lincoln Alexander our first black MP, Cabinet Minister, and Ontario Lt.
Governor at age 91.
remember the remarkable achievement of Dr. Firmin Monestime, Canada’s first
black mayor elected numerous times as Mayor in Mattawa in the 1960s and 1970s.
It is ironic that Canada’s first black woman mayor elected in 1984, who died
recently was widely reported as Canada’s first black mayor. Google Dr. Monestime
for my article on him and reference to the book I wrote on him which is still
been some good historical television over the years including Canada: A People’s
History and the local favorite on Quints- Million Dollar Babies. The best know
series going back 20 years is the Heritage Minutes that have recently been
reactivated. The Historica Dominion Institute with the help of the Federal
Government is beginning to make them again.
original producer of the series is now the head of the Institute. A recent issue
of Macleans had a full page spread stating “Got a minute – we’ve got one for
you”. One of the new ones available on their website is on the black Canadian
Richard Pierpont who formed a Canadian Black Regiment in the war of 1812.
author Steve Pitt wrote a book on Pierpont that I reviewed in Black History
Month last year. Steve was featured in an article in Community Voices in
November talking about his book Running to Extremes which was on the best seller
list and nominated for a prize.