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Solidarity with Civil Rights

STORY BY: Sharon M.

Sharon shared this story by email.
"In the mid-60s, in my late teens, I was involved with Halifax's equivalent of the Civil Rights movement. The Nova Scotia Project was spearheaded by Rocky Jones, a recently returned African-Nova Scotian (he had grown up in Truro). Later, when I lived in Vancouver, I did not have the occasion to be around many Blacks. However, there were a few Black Power guys on campus at Simon Fraser and I went to one of their meetings (held downtown Eastside above a storefront) and offered them my birth certificate with the idea that if there was an African-American woman who needed sanctuary in Canada (this was when Angela Davis was in prison), having a Canadian birth certificate might help - my logic was that most Canadian Blacks at that time were from Nova Scotia. At the time I did not think it a weird thing to do, but in reflection, I think that those fellows must have wondered what I was up to (I was the only woman in the room, white at that, and totally an unknown). I do not even remember the outcome - I think I left my birth certificate with them and left. It certainly was a bizarre act in attempt to offer solidarity to the Black cause! Such is youth." Thanks for sharing, Sharon.

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