Black Lives On Campus: A Recommended Reading List

In honour of Black History Month, the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is exploring works that break down barriers to Black liberation and could inspire meaningful discourse on a post-secondary syllabus. Authors Eternity Martis and Clelia O. Rodríguez have offered up the books they'd put on their dream syllabuses, which include authors of marginalized identities, as well as other timely and timeless conversations. Find their reading lists below, paired with the personal thoughts behind their choices. 

On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, you can watch Eternity Martis discuss her upcoming book, They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus, and Growing Upwith fellow author rosalind hampton (Black Racialization and Resistance at an Elite University) when TIFA Presents Black Lives On Campus: A Roundtable Discussion. The conversation will be moderated by Clelia O. Rodríguez and hosted by Téa Mutonji.

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Black Futures Month with the Contributors of Black Writers Matter

Celebrated in conjunction with Black History Month, Black Futures Month was conceived as an opportunity for Black artists to share their vision(s) of a just and equitable future, and in doing so, contribute to a more nuanced understanding of Black existence as a spectrum.

That goal is foregrounded in the upcoming Black Writers Matter, an anthology of African Canadian creative nonfiction edited by Whitney French. We’ll be celebrating the release of the book on February 20 as part of Kuumba 2019, and in anticipation, we spoke to a few of the contributors who will be participating in the event: Simone Dalton, Scott Fraser, Phillip Dwight Morgan and Angela Wright.

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10 Authors to Read This Black History Month (and Beyond)


TIFA has had the pleasure of featuring numerous voices that honour the heritage, traditions and culture of Black communities here in Canada and across the globe. In honour of Black History Month, we’ve selected ten Black authors from the TIFA archives whose work we invite you to read this February, and all year round.

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Spoken word an important part of Harbourfront Centre’s Black History Month lineup

Harbourfront Centre’s annual Black History Month Celebration, Kuumba, returns this weekend (Feb. 7–9). The three-day festival features an incredible lineup of music, comedy, dance performances and more that explore the idea of legacy and identity.

5 Fingers_ 1 Fist  - Kuumba blogAs part of this rich celebration of art, culture and heritage, Harbourfront Centre has programmed a 5 Fingers 1 Fist Spoken Word Showcase, featuring three spoken word performances from Jordan “JV da’ Poet” Viera, Quentin Vercetty, Trevlyn Kay, David Delisca and Randell Adjei. The first is a tribute to the 1968 Olympic protest, the second is a tribute to Nelson Mandela and the last performance features each artist showcasing their individual talents in short dialogues of poetry.

Check out this post from BlogTO for a taste of what you can expect this Saturday night!