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Black Canada Talking™ is a live online event that provides Black Canadians opportunity to give their takes and POVs on stories that are of importance to them.

Our guest on the February 21, 2021 episode of Black Canada Talking™ was Leonard Paris.

After growing up in rural Nova Scotia, Leonard Albert Paris spent forty-seven years in law enforcement, during which he often had to help people who were victimized, harassed, and treated unfairly because of their race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. This experience led him to take several courses at the University of Toronto on equity issues, diversity, inclusion, and race relations. Now retired, Leonard lives in Mississauga, Ontario, where he enjoys photography and being out in nature. Jim Crow Also Lived here is his first book.

Many people believe that racism and discrimination against those of African descent was primarily an American experience. However, this book dispels that myth by recounting Leonard Albert Paris’s first eighteen years (1948–1966), growing up as a Black youth in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, a province that was at the time, home to about 36 percent of Canada’s Black population.

Structural racism, community isolation, and generational poverty affected every aspect of his life, creating challenges and misery for him, his family, and the entire Black community—an experience that continues to affect him emotionally many decades later. While not as extreme as it was during the author’s formative years, racism and its effects continue into the present. Leonard wrote Jim Crow Also Lived Here in part to create awareness of this problem and also to inspire change.

Recently, Mr. Paris was on Black Canada Talking™ talked about Black Canada Talking™ talking about Jim Crow Also Lived Here.

During our conversation, Mr. Paris talked about:

– The importance of Black Canadians doing their family tree
– Growing up in Nova Scotia, facing racism and the lack of Black Canadian history education
– What he loved about his parents
– Being involved in the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
– Memories of the day he retired
– The story behind the book
– What makes Black Nova Scotians so special
– Memories of finishing the book and receiving the final edited copy of the book
– An interesting story about how he got the publisher for his book
– The denial and disbelief when it comes to Black Canadian history
– His message for non-melanated and Black Canadians

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Email
Phone: (905) 601-2946

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