The Long Road Continues

Public gathers to contribute to new Black history book
Feb 3.18

Community Open House February 3rd


Northstar Cultural Community Centre will host a community open house to celebrate local black history.

The community is invited to meet author Irene Moore Davis and publisher Dan Wells, Biblioasis, who will be on hand to discuss the book The Long Road Continues. Community members may also bring old photos to be added to Northstar’s digital archive, discuss their family’s history, and take a tour of the local history room.

“The Long Road Continues” seeks to inspire Windsor-Essex’s Black community about their own history, by encouraging their participation in the process and by creating an inclusive book.

The open house will be held on February 3, 2018 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Windsor Public Library, Central Branch in the Fred Israel Auditorium, lower level.

New Black History Book

A new book about the Black history of Windsor Essex plans to pick up where a 1967 book left off. Two of the people behind “The Long Road Continues” talk about the project.

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$63,000 OTF Grant Recognizes Importance of Windsor-Essex History

Windsor – On Tuesday, November 28th, the Northstar Cultural Community Centre welcomed members of the public to a ceremony to mark a new project to highlight the achievements and contributions of African Canadians in Windsor-Essex County. OTF Grant Review Team member Lucie Lombardo was on hand to congratulate the Centre’s members and hear more about how the project and the resulting book will preserve the history of Windsor-Essex’s Black community, and inspire generations to come.

“The Northstar Cultural Community Centre will be delivering a project that has significant meaning and profundity,” said Lisa Gretzky, MPP for Windsor West. “The collection of archival information from the African Canadian Community in Windsor-Essex will bequeath the people in this community with a true sense of their past and their contributions to this community over time. Conserving one’s cultural heritage is so important in helping to preserve traditions and to ensure that these traditions remain the corner stone of a community.”

In addition to supporting the research, editorial and pre-press aspects of the book project, 250 advanced copies of the book will also be funded. Northstar will also bring together a number of regional Black organizations to test how to collect and preserve the information. Thanks to the $63,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the history of the region’s Black community, one of the largest, most diverse and uniquely transnational, will finally be told.

This is a very important project and opportunity for our community, supported by this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant,” said James Allen, Director, Northstar Cultural Community Centre. “This grant has allowed us to tell the African Canadian story – a history that is often neglected or untold.”

The Northstar Cultural Community Centre is an organization of African Canadians whose mission is to foster the economic and social development of the cultural community through communication, education, history and the arts. For more information, please visit the website at: www.northstarcentre.org.

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca