Alexander Gallimore is a 17-year-old Jamaican Canadian actor and writer with an impressive trajectory. Represented by Fountainhead Talent he’s already made appearances in both theatre and film roles. He co-founded the first Black Students Union at his high school and he sits on the Toronto International Film Festival Next Wave Committee. Recently, he was accepted to New York University Tisch School of the Arts to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama beginning in fall 2021. But this actor and budding filmmaker can’t wait until next year to start making movies, he has a story he needs to get out now.
In light of the scandal that erupted out of the Peel District School Board earlier this year, it is worth re-examining the interaction between the public education system in Ontario and black children. But it also begs the question, what is the point of publicly funded education? Is it to provide a base level of education or is it more so to correct for certain disparities already present in our society, disparities that children themselves are not responsible for?