The first time I heard about the Federation of Black Canadians, an organization that purports to advance the “social, economic, political and cultural interests” of Black Canada, it was through a WhatsApp conversation with a friend.
In 1974, after Huey P. Newton fled to Cuba for the alleged murder of Kathleen Smith, Elaine Brown was appointed the leader of the Black Panther Party.
When I was in my teens, I went with my high school’s journalism club on a trip to Charleston, South Carolina for a conference. During our down-time, we visited the town’s sleepy locales, including the much-renowned Old Slave Mart and the nearby Charleston City Market.
After Celina Caesar-Chavannes (Canada's Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development) was cautioned by a white woman to refrain from stealing her wallet, she had some thoughts she needed to let go. She spoke those thoughts to ByBlacks writer Andray Domise. They are reproduced faithfully below.