The Akua Benjamin Legacy Project focuses on anti-Black racism and resistance, it seeks to promote the kind of educational work and activism that builds a just, inclusive community and society. It reflects on and instills pride in some of the significant contributions by five notable black Canadians.
- Book Of Love: Gone but not forgotten, Gwen and Lenny Johnson’s store, Third World Books and Crafts was the epicentre of black consciousness in Toronto from 1968 to 2000. Visit here.
- Where is Marlene Greene? The late Marlene Greene left a legacy in education which is hard to match today. Find her here.
- Dudley Speaks for Me: Dudley Laws spoke for many in the black community in Toronto but he paid a price. Do you know Dudley Laws’ story? Watch it here.
- Rosie, The Fearless Rebel: Rosie Douglas was a great leader in Toronto’s anti-black racism movement. Do you know the legacy he left behind? Find out here.
- Charley: Charles Roach was inspired by Martin Luther King to become a civil rights lawyer and activist. His legacy in the legal profession lives on through young lawyers. Meet him here.
Alison Duke is the Senior Producer at Goldelox Productions, a Toronto-based film and video company that produces films that bring diverse audiences together to affect positive social change.
Sarah Michelle Brown
Director: Book of Love
Sarah Michelle Brown is an artist who writes and directs for ﬁlm, music videos, documentaries and for the stage. She is also an actor and creator and is known for her passion, drive and creative eye.
Director: Where is Marlene Green?
An award winning independent filmmaker, photo-video artist, educator, impact producer, consultant and programmer based in Toronto, Ella has been working in the arts and culture sector for over 17 years while emerging in her practice as a photo video artist. She is also the founder of Black Women Film! Canada.
Ngardy Conteh George
Director: Dudley Speaks for Me
Ngardy Conteh George is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a diverse portfolio of work. She is committed to working with marginalized, and often unheard communities, especially those that represent the rich cultures and complexities of the African Diaspora. She is also an accomplished video editor.
Sonia Godding Togobo
An accomplished director and television editor with over 15 years of media experience, Sonia enjoys sharing her industry experience. She builds bridges in the Canadian media industry to make it more accessible to youth and marginalized communities.
Laurie Townshend is a writer, director, educator, and erratic blogger. Credits include The Railpath Hero (13), Human Frequency Streetdocs (14), and Charley (15) and Mothering in the Movement (upcoming), an intimate look at the power and potency of mothering in times of resistance.
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