This month began with 185th annviersary of Emancipation Day, the day slavery was abolished in Canada. August has been proclaimed Emancipation Month in the City of Toronto and the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit has organized a series of events to commemorate the abolition of slavery in Canada.
I would especially like to highlight Joshua Glover: The Opera, composed and conducted by local Mount Dennis resident, Colin Mendez. Based on the life of Joshua Glover, who escaped slavery and found freedom in Etobicoke, the opera will be performed for free in Little Avenue Memorial Park three times this month. The dates are still being confirmed so please stay tuned to Arts in the Parks for more details.
As we remember the abolition of slavery in Canada this month, let us continue to demand action against all forms of racism in our community.
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