Join in the Shumiatcher Theatre us as we celebrate the launch of African Canadian Black History Month with the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum Inc., including greetings from community representatives and highlighting a children’s book, Bedtime for Baby Alfie, by Sharon-Ann Brown.
Following this, we invite you to a film screening of The Road Taken. This screening takes a nostalgic ride through history to present the experiences of Black sleeping-car porters who worked on Canada’s railways from the early 1900s through the 1960s. There was a strong sense of pride among these men, and they were well-respected by their community. Yet, harsh working conditions prevented them from being promoted to other railway jobs until finally, in 1955, porter Lee Williams took his fight to the union. Interviews, archival footage, and the music of noted jazz musician Joe Sealy (whose father was a porter) combine to portray a fascinating history that might otherwise have been forgotten.
- Refreshments available 6:30 PM
- Program start time 7 PM
- Location: Shumiatcher Theatre