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Black History/Black Futures

Recent titles exploring Black history, Black futures, and experiences of being Black right now.


Portia White:  A Portrait in Words,  by George Elliott Clarke, illustrated by Lara Martina

About the book: In his unique brand of spoken word, Africadian poetry, the incomparable George Elliott Clarke explores a personal subject: his great-aunt Portia White. The result is a stirring, epic poem vibrating with energy and music that spans White's birth in 1911, a coming of age amidst the backdrop of two World Wars, and her life-long love affair with music—from singing in to directing the Cornwallis Street Baptist Church choir to her bel canto tutlege at the Halifax Conservatory of Music to her final, command performance before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1964.

Portia White is a stunning testament to the first African Canadian to become an international star. Features vibrant illustrations by contemporary artist Lara Martina.


The Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power, by Desmond Cole

About the book: In his 2015 cover story for Toronto Life …

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