New Vision Notes went into hibernation the last couple of weeks but the unseasonably warm weather has woken them up.

This Sunday we conclude our celebration of Black History Month with guest leadership in our worship service and the screening of a documentary afterward. Bring a bag lunch and stay for the screening!

Dr. Gary Warnaishaer will be speaking to us on Sunday at worship, and Aisha Nicholson will be dancing.

Aisha is currently a company member of COBA and Kashe Dance companies  in Toronto. She has appeared on children’s television program and performed throughout Canada and the Caribbean region.

She’ll be dancing to Jimmy Cliff’s Sitting in Limbo. You can hear the tune here:

Dr. Warner is a retired McMaster professor in French, African and Caribbean literature (which he initiated). Born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, he came to McMaster in 1967. He’s been invested as a meGary-Warnermber of the Order of Canada, been Hamilton’s Citizen of the Year in 2006 and included in Who’s Who in Black Canada (2nd ed). He has served widely in the Hamilton community, including Hamilton’s Centre for Civic Inclusion. In his entry on the website Black in Canada: the New Narrative he says his favorite book is Gustavo Guierrez’s A Theology of Liberation (1973). His motto (from the same site): “Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

The New Vision band sits in again this Sunday.

After the service stay for the screening in the NGen lounge of the Canadian Film Board documentary The Road Taken. This 1996 documentary presents 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. Claiming discrimination under the Canada Fair Employment Act, Blacks won their right to work in other areas.

See you Sunday to celebrate ~
Rev. Ian

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