"Africa’s Children is a testament to one’s heritage, a belief in one’s ancestors, and a record of truth ... no told!" – Dr. Henry V. Bishop, chief curator, Black Cultural Centre, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Chronicling the history of Black families of the Yarmouth area of Nova Scotia, Africa’s Children is a mirror image of the hopes and despairs and the achievements and injustices that mark the early stories of many African-Canadians. This extensively researched history traces the lives of those people, still enslaved at the time, who arrived with the influx of Black Loyalists and landed in Shelburne in 1783, as well as those who had come with their masters as early as 1767. Their migration to a new home did little to improve their overall living conditions, a situation that would persist for many years throughout Yarmouth County. By drawing on a comprehensive range of sources that include census and cemetery records, church and school histories, libraries, museums, oral histories, newspapers, wills, The Black Loyalist Directory, and many others, this is a history that has been overlooked for far too long.
Winter has shaped Canada’s image and has been embraced with hearty enthusiasm from snowshoeing hikers in the nineteenth century, to future hockey stars on backyard rinks, to the indoor spectacle of figure-skating carnivals and curling bonspiels. Much of our literature, our songs, and our memories of youth reflect the bracing tonic that winter brings even as we curse the ice-laden roads on morning commutes or during weekend ski trips. But alas, winter’s demise to a weak reminder of its former glory is a real possibility as climate change wreaks long-term havoc. This timely book takes a fond look at winter’s past, its place in Canada’s story, and how it has shaped our sports history. It also explores what climate change means for our sense of Canadian identity, for our winter sports heritage and its related industries, and for our ability to hold winter sporting events beyond the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
In Baseball History Research 101, Brian McKenna has brought together in one quick and easy synopsis a complete guide for the beginning researcher.Individual chapters highlight the necessary topics:* Selecting Your Field of Study* Available Resources* Web Sites* Digital Archives* Searching Resources, Sites and Archives* Making Contacts* Organizing Your Data* Writing and Getting PublishedYou will discover not only where to search but how and why. Then, you'll be given hints in making notes, maintaining your data and organizing it.The program utilizes the most inexpensive methods possible. Most resources are free or can be examinedrather cheaply. Appendixes are also provided which offer a bibliographical listing of baseball works and pre-prepared forms which you'll find useful duringyour endeavors.
In virtually every sport in which they are given opportunity to compete, people of African descent dominate. East Africans own every distance running record. Professional sports in the Americas are dominated by men and women of West African descent. Why have blacks come to dominate sports? Are they somehow physically better? And why are we so uncomfortable when we discuss this? Drawing on the latest scientific research, journalist Jon Entine makes an irrefutable case for black athletic superiority. We learn how scientists have used numerous, bogus "scientific" methods to prove that blacks were either more or less superior physically, and how racist scientists have often equated physical prowess with intellectual deficiency. Entine recalls the long, hard road to integration, both on the field and in society. And he shows why it isn't just being black that matters—it makes a huge difference as to where in Africa your ancestors are from.Equal parts sports, science and examination of why this topic is so sensitive, Taboois a book that will spark national debate.
Author: Christopher Michael Spence
Publisher: Zed Books
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Social Science
This book discusses the role that sport participation plays in the lives of black male high school students. As a former professional athlete himself, the author brings a first-hand personal quality to this study. As an educator he strives to counteract the problems associated with students who place sports participation ahead of academic achievement. Christopher M. Spence also encourages educators to fight against inequality and racism in mainstream education and for all of us to fight injustices in society.
Running Uphill showcases Harry Jerome's race upon the treadmill of â€˜race,' where progress against racism is glacial, even for an Olympic sprinter. Fil Fraser explains this pernicious irony, this very Canadian paradox, in masterful, beautiful prose. His humour is a razor his honesty is a guillotine. In Fraser's bio, heroic Jerome looms larger than life and too fast for anyone to weight him down with labels.George Elliott Clarke, Laureate, 2005-08Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship PrizeCanadian Sprinter Harry Jerome was the world's fastest man. He represented Canada in Olympic, Commonwealth and Pan American Games, simultaneously holding world records for both the 100-yard and 100-metre sprints. This is the heroic story of a young Black man who overcame crushing adversity to achieve national acclaim as an athlete and as a champion of human rights.When he was eleven, his family bought a heritage home in North Vancouver only to face a neighbourhood petition demanding their eviction. As he was making a name for himself in track and field, the Canadian sports press vilified him when he failed to finish two critical races because of serious injuries. However, despite the many challenges for a Black athlete in the 1960s, Jerome made Canadian sports history by winning the bronze medal in the 100-metre sprint at the Tokyo Olympics and gold medals at both the Commonwealth and Pan American Games. Jerome is immortalized by a graceful statue in Vancouver's Stanley Park, as well as by the multi-sport Harry Jerome Centre in North Vancouver. The Harry Jerome Awards, sponsored by the Black Business and Professional Association, are held annually in Toronto.
Author: William Humber
Release Date: 1997-07-15
William Humber’s Bowmanville: A Small Town at the Edge is an extraordinarily detailed, often affectionate and occasionally critical account of a modern small town on the edge of a rapidly expanding metropolitan region. The book recounts stories from the time of Charles Bowman, the potential ambition of railroads from Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay, the legacy of grand pianos found in every corner of the world and the fateful decision of a rural businessman which gave General Motors to another community. A treat for small-town enthusiasts, urban designers and community activists, Humber’s book provides a fresh look at the present life of small towns and how their character can be recreated in future decision making. "When I first started broadcasting baseball, I read everything and anything related to the game. I kept encountering the name William Humber. When I finally met him in person I understood his passion and love for and knowledge of the game is indeed genuine. That passion obviously extends beyond baseball and is evident in his writing on his adopted hometown of Bowmanville, Ontario." - Brian Williams, CBC television sports announcer
Author: John C. Walter
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
In a collection of essays, each of more than a dozen black athletes explains what it was like to be a person of color in his or her particular sport, recalling the pain, loneliness and feelings of rejection, in a book that includes contributions by Arthur Ashe Jr., Alan Page, Lenny Wilkens, Mae Faggs Starr and many more. Original.
Author: Ben Carrington
Release Date: 2010-08-01
Genre: Social Science
Written by one of the leading international authorities on the sociology of race and sport, this is the first book to address sport's role in 'the making of race', the place of sport within black diasporic struggles for freedom and equality, and the contested location of sport in relation to the politics of recognition within contemporary multicultural societies. Race, Sport and Politics shows how, during the first decades of the twentieth century, the idea of 'the natural black athlete' was invented in order to make sense of and curtail the political impact and cultural achievements of black sportswomen and men. More recently, 'the black athlete' as sign has become a highly commodified object within contemporary hyper-commercialized sports-media culture thus limiting the transformative potential of critically conscious black athleticism to re-imagine what it means to be both black and human in the twenty-first century. Race, Sport and Politics will be of interest to students and scholars in sociology of culture and sport, the sociology of race and diaspora studies, postcolonial theory, cultural theory and cultural studies.