Apart from one or two cultural icons--like jazz great Ocsar Peterson--Canada's black artsists and cultural workers have largely existed under a veil of anonymity and invisibility. Until recently, any discussion of a black or African Canadian aesthetic in art would have been met with great skepticism because scarcely has such a concept been verbalized, let alone studied or written about. It is of vital importance, therefore, that we begin the process of resurrecting the African Canadian historical legacy in the arts. This will provide a necessary context for contemporary black artists, and help to restore black art to its rightful place in Canadian cultural history as a whole.
Introduction by Adrienne Shadd, Laying Groundwork for Survival: African Canadian Theatre in Vancouver by Celeste Insell, Standing Tall Walking Proud: Black Arts in Nova Scotia by Charles Saunders, The Creation.. of the African Canadian Odyssey by Nkiru Nzegwu, Haitian Artists in Canada: Tradition Defining the Future by Hazel Da Breo, Archie Alleyne: Life is an Evolution by Katherine Walker Alleyne, A Cinema of Duty: The Films of Jennifer Hodge De Silva by Cameron Bailey, Poetic Voices from the Diaspora: Interview with Ahdri Zhina Mandiela by Nonqaba Waka Msimang
Art by: Khadejah McCall, Bob Brooks, June Clark-Greenberg, Grace Channer, Roland Bastien, Stan Douglas, D'Avertige, Emmanuel Pierre Charles, Roland Jean, Miles Davis, Robert Long