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Celebrate African Heritage Month 2020

This year’s African Heritage Month provincial theme, The Ties that Bind: Faith, Family & Community, recognizes the unique bond People of African Decent share through Faith, Family and Community.

To help celebrate African Heritage Month 2020, we have put together a selection of biographies and autobiographies from notable African Nova Scotians, available at your local public library - http://publiclibraries.ns.ca

 

Notable African Nova Scotians – Biography / Autobiography / Local History

Biography of Mom Suse: Matriarch of the Preston Area Black Communities / Willis, Vivian. Bloomington, Ind.: Authorhouse, c2010.

Black Cop: My 36 Years in Police Work, and My Career-ending Experiences With Official Racism

/ Lawrence, Calvin. Toronto: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, c2019. Black Nova Scotians / Grant, John N. Halifax: Nova Scotia Museum, 1980.

Burnley "Rocky" Jones: Revolutionary: An Autobiography / Jones, Burnley. Halifax, N.S.: Roseway Publishing, an imprint of Fernwood Publishing, 2016.

Halifax Champion: Black Power in Gloves / Ashe, Robert. Halifax, N.S.: Formac Pub., 2005.

The Hermit of Africville: The Life of Eddie Carvery / Tattrie, Jon. East Lawrencetown, N.S: Pottersfield Press, 2010.

Invisible Shadows: A Black Woman's Life in Nova Scotia / Thomas, Verna. Halifax, N.S.: Nimbus, 2002.

James Robinson Johnston: The Life, Death, and Legacy of Nova Scotia's First Black Lawyer / Johnston, Justin. Halifax, N.S.: Nimbus Pub., 2005.

The Life of Boston King: Black Loyalist, Minister and Master Carpenter / King, Boston. Halifax, N.S.: Nimbus Pub. and the Nova Scotia Museum, 2003.

Mayann Francis: An Honourable Life / Francis, Mayann. Halifax, N.S.: Nimbus Publishing, 2019.

Portia White: a portrait in words / words by George Elliott Clarke; art by Lara Martina. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Nimbus Publishing, 2019.

Righting the Wrongs: Gus Wedderburn's Quest for Social Justice in Nova Scotia / Riley, Marie. East Lawrencetown, N.S.: Pottersfield Press, 2011.

Singing Towards the Future: The Story of Portia White / Goodall, Lian. Toronto, Ontario: Napoleon, c2004.

Sister to Courage: Stories From the World of Viola Desmond, Canada's Rosa Parks / Robson, Wanda. Wreck Cove, N.S.: Breton Books, c2010.

Soulman: The Rocky Johnson Story / Johnson, Rocky. Toronto, Ont.: ECW Press, 2019.

They Called Me Chocolate Rocket: The Life and Times of John Paris, Jr., Hockey's First Black Professional Coach / Paris, John. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Formac Publishing Company Limited 2014.

Viola Desmond: Her Life and Times / Reynolds, Graham. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Roseway Publishing, 2018.

William Hall: Winner of the Victoria Cross / by Pachai, Bridglal. Tantallon, N.S.: Four East Publications, c1995.

Winds of Change: The Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck / Ruck, Lindsay R. East Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia: Pottersfield Press, 2014.

 

CHILDREN

The ABC's of Viola Desmond / Halifax, N.S.: Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute, c2017. Mayann's Train Ride / Francis, Mayann. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Nimbus Publishing, c2015.

Meet Viola Desmond / MacLeod, Elizabeth. Toronto: Scholastic Canada Ltd., c2018.

Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged / Warner, Jody Nyasha. Toronto: Groundwood Books, c2010.

 

VIDEO

Long Road to Justice - The Viola Desmond Story (documentary) - https://youtu.be/yI00i9BtsQ8

Portia White [videorecording (DVD)]: think on me. Grand Pre, N.S.: Maroon Films, 2000.