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Emancipation Day

Celebrating Freedom in Canada

by Natasha L. Henry

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african american studies
list price: $28.99
also available: eBook
category: Social Science
published: 2010
publisher: Dundurn

When the passage of the Abolition of Slavery Act, effective August 1, 1834, ushered in the end of slavery throughout the British Empire, people of the African descent celebrated their newfound freedom. Now African-American fugitive slaves, free black immigrants, and the few remaining enslaved Africans could live unfettered live in Canada – a reality worthy of celebration.
This new, well-researched book provides insight into the creation, development, and evolution of a distinct African-Canadian tradition through descriptive historical accounts and appealing images. The social, cultural, political, and educational practices of Emanipation Day festivities across Canada are explored, with emphasis on Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and British Columbia.
"Emancipation is not only a word in the dictionary, but an action to liberate one’s destiny. This outstanding book is superb in the interpretation of "the power of freedom" in one’s heart and mind – moving from 1834 to present." – Dr. Henry Bishop, Black Cultural Centre, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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Natasha Henry is the director of programs and an elementary teacher at a private school in the Greater Toronto area. She is also a curriculum consultant and speaker, specializing in the development of learning materials that focus on the African experience. Natasha has developed the educational programs for two innovative exhibits on African Canadian history:...and Still I Rise and Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada. Natasha live in Mississaga, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

Henry digs deep to bring the reader face-to-face with the social realities of life in Canada during these tumultuous years and the development of distinct African-Canadian traditions.

— Sway Magazine

"The book will be an eye opener for many who are unaware of black history in Canada."

— Bay Comment
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Natasha L. Henry

Natasha Henry is a teacher, an educational curriculum consultant, and a speaker specializing in the development of learning materials that focus on the African Diaspora experience. Author of Emancipation Day: Celebrating Freedom in Canada, she is also the education specialist for Breaking the Chains: Presenting a New Narrative of Canada’s Role in the Underground Railroad, a project of the Harriet Tubman Institute at York University. She lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

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